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17:06 Nov 20, 2006
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English to Italian translations [PRO]
Art/Literary - Poetry & Literature / horror story
English term or phrase: phisick
In "The Haunted Dolls' House" ( http://www.litgothic.com/Texts/james_haunted_dolls_house.pdf ) by M.R. James there is a slang word I can't properly translate into Italian, even if I have the feeling it means 'disturb'. The word is 'physick', and it appears in this sentence:

But now, Mr Dillet, there's one thing that rather physicks me...

Can anybody help make sense of this verb? Thanks :)
Local time: 06:15

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Giusi Barbiani

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stavo per risponderti, poi ho visto la nota di angelica.
il mio è SOLO un agree... non voglio punti per la risposta! ;-)
insomma, confermo quanto dice agenlica. il cassell's dictionary of slang dice: "physic" v. [early 19C] to punish, either physically or through depriving of money. [Standard English: "physic", to give a dose of medicine]

ciao a tutte e due!:-)

Giusi Barbiani
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