Loss of courage in a crisis.

- american underworld lingo - 1950

A"gue (#), n. [OE. agu, ague, OF. agu, F. aigu, sharp, OF. fem. ague, LL. (febris) acuta, a sharp, acute fever, fr. L. acutus sharp. See Acute.]

1.

An acute fever.

[Obs.] "Brenning agues."

P. Plowman.

2. Med.

An intermittent fever, attended by alternate cold and hot fits.

3.

The cold fit or rigor of the intermittent fever; as, fever and ague.

4.

A chill, or state of shaking, as with cold.

Dryden.

Ague cake, an enlargement of the spleen produced by ague. -- Ague drop, a solution of the arsenite of potassa used for ague. -- Ague fit, a fit of the ague. Shak. -- Ague spell, a spell or charm against ague. Gay. -- Ague tree, the sassafras, -- sometimes so called from the use of its root formerly, in cases of ague. [Obs.]

 

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A"gue, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Agued (#).]

To strike with an ague, or with a cold fit.

Heywood.

 

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