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1843 1942
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  1. (English verb)
    • to defeat, to get the better of
      • 1942: He was a great man wholly worsted by his age. — Rebecca West, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (Canongate 2006, p. 145)
      • some thrice-renowned Earl of Leicester, not of the De Montfort breed, (...) had quarreled with his sovereign, Henry Second of the name; had been worsted, it is like, and maltreated, and obliged to fly to foreign parts
        1843 Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present, book 2, ch. 2, Landlord Edmund