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- (archaic) To make a wry face in contempt, or to grin in scorn
- (archaic) To grin with an air of civility; to leer.
- 1552, Latimer, Hugh, The Fifth Sermon Preached on the Twenty-Fourth Sunday After Trinity, 1552; republished in The Sermons of the Right Reverend Father in God, and Constant Martyr of Jesus Christ, Hugh Latimer, Some Time Bishop of Worcester, volume 2, London: James Duncan, 1824, page 212:
- In the time of popery, before the gospel came amongst us, we went to burials with weeping and wailing, as though there were no God: but since the gospel came unto us, I have heard say, that in some places they go with the corses grinning and flearing, as though they went to a bear-baiting; […]
to make a wry face in contempt, or to grin in scorn
fleer (plural fleers)