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Tooth-drawing

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Tooth-drawing the act of extracting a tooth: the practice of extracting teeth
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. tóth (pl. téth, also tóthas); cog. with Goth. tunthus, L. dens, dent-is, Gr. o-dous, o-dont-os, Sans. danta.

Usage

In literature:

You cannot pluck love out of your heart as you draw a tooth.
"A Distinguished Provincial at Paris" by Honore de Balzac
The first week or so there was naturally little doing: a sprained wrist to bandage, a tooth to draw, a case of fly-blight.
"Australia Felix" by Henry Handel Richardson
Has a sickly mind and believes the infirmity is in his body, like one that draws the wrong tooth and fancies his pain in the wrong place.
"Character Writings of the 17th Century" by Various
A back tooth a man once maddened, And a barber came to draw it.
"The Two Lovers of Heaven: Chrysanthus and Daria" by Pedro Calderon de la Barca
She then asked him if he would draw a tooth for it.
"The Book of Noodles" by W. A. Clouston
Will it, therefore, set a broken arm or draw a tooth?
"Jacques Bonneval" by Anne Manning
We will now, with our improved drawing instruments, resume the consideration of the ratchet-tooth lever escapement.
"Watch and Clock Escapements" by Anonymous
It would be unpleasant, of course, but the worst shock would be over in a moment, like the drawing of a tooth.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
To the profession of a barber my father added that of bleeding and tooth-drawing.
"The Pacha of Many Tales" by Frederick Marryat
Besides, I'm fond of mechanics; and tooth-drawing is somewhat mechanical.
"Charlie to the Rescue" by R.M. Ballantyne
He was very partial to the use of the lancet, and quite a terrible adept at tooth-drawing.
"The Lighthouse" by R.M. Ballantyne
A blood-letting, or a jaw-splitting tooth-drawing cost the sufferer eightpence extra.
"Customs and Fashions in Old New England" by Alice Morse Earle
This youth looks as if he would not draw one's tooth for the world, because it would hurt one so!
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
There was something in this sound on the wall which drew an involuntary exclamation from me as the jar of forceps draws a tooth.
"The Blue Wall" by Richard Washburn Child
No other tooth has the drawing power of this one, certainly.
"East of Suez" by Frederic Courtland Penfield
He felt like a torturer drawing the tooth of a Jew in the good old days.
"Robinetta" by Kate Douglas Wiggin
Half my doll's nose, and I am not To draw his peg-top's tooth!
"Cole's Funny Picture Book No. 1" by Edward William Cole
It was like drawing a back tooth, but I managed it.
"The Second String" by Nat Gould
It was a tooth-drawing alternative; but could not be avoided.
"The Child Wife" by Mayne Reid
I mean nobody cares to make a long operation of the drawing of a tooth for instance!
"A Life For a Love" by L. T. Meade
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In poetry:

Next stept the Doctor's "manly limb,"
A pestle huge was borne by him;
His heart as valiant forsooth,
As ever dar'd to draw a tooth.
"The Watch And Ward." by Samuel Bamford