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English citations of coil

  1. (English noun)
    • tumult, turmoil
      • 1843 Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present, book 2, ch. 4, Abbot Hugo
        near Rochester City, his mule threw him, dislocated his poor kneepan, raised incurable inflammatory fever; and the poor old man got his dismissal from the whole coil at once.
    • 1890, Robert Browning, Poetical works:

      Also hear Caponsacchi who comes next,
      Man and priest—could you comprehend the coil!—
      In days when that was rife which now is rare.