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bensel

noun ben·sel \ ˈben(t)-səl , ˈben-zəl \
variants: or less commonly bensil play \ˈben(t)-səl, ˈben-zəl\

Definition of bensel

plural -s
chiefly Scottish
:sudden violent motion or action

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Origin and Etymology of bensel

probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse benzl bent state of a bow, from benda to bend


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bensel

transitive verb ben·sel \ ˈben(t)-səl , ˈben-zəl \
variants: or less commonly bensil play \ˈben(t)-səl, ˈben-zəl\

Definition of bensel

benseled or benselled; benseled or benselled; benseling or benselling; bensels
chiefly Scottish
:to strike violently :beat

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