- (Britain, regional, archaic) Used in various imprecatory expressions: a pest, a pox. [from 17th c.]
- 1695, [William] Congreve, Love for Love: A Comedy. […], London: […] Jacob Tonson, […], OCLC 1227592604, Act V, scene ii, page 77:
- Pize on 'em, they never think beforehand of any thing;—and if they commit Matrimony, 'tis as they commit Murder; out of a Frolick: And are ready to hang themſelves, or to be hang'd by the Law, the next Morning.— […]
- 1751, [Tobias] Smollett, “He is Visited by Pallet; Contracts an Intimacy with a New Market Nobleman; and is by the Knowing Ones Taken in”, in The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle […], volume IV, London: Harrison and Co., […], published 1781, OCLC 316121541, page 338, column 1:
- Ah! a pize upon it! Dick, after all, was the man.
- 1818, James Ford, editor, The Suffolk Garland: Or, A Collection of Poems, Songs, Tales, Ballads:
- Dame, what makes your ducks to die? / What the pize ails 'em? What the pize ails 'em?