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burke

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verb \ˈbərk\

Definition of burke

burkedburk·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to suppress quietly or indirectly <burke an inquiry>

  3. 2 :  bypass, avoid <burke an issue>



Examples of burke

  1. <the executives knew that the drug had dangerous side effects, but they burked the findings>



Origin of burke

from burke to suffocate, from William Burke †1829 Irish criminal executed for smothering victims to sell their bodies for dissection


First Known Use: 1829

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Burke

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biographical name \ˈbərk\

Definition of Burke

  1. Edmund 1729–1797 British statesman & orator

Burk·ean or Burk·ian play \ˈbər-kē-ən\ adjective


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