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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Beard  \Beard\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Bearded};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Bearding}.] 
  1.  To  take  by  the  beard;  to  seize,  pluck,  or  pull  the  beard 
  of  (a  man),  in  anger  or  contempt. 
 
  2.  To  oppose  to  the  gills;  to  set  at  defiance. 
 
  No  admiral,  bearded  by  three  corrupt  and  dissolute 
  minions  of  the  palace,  dared  to  do  more  than  mutter 
  something  about  a  court  martial.  --Macaulay. 
 
  3.  To  deprive  of  the  gills;  --  used  only  of  oysters  and 
  similar  shellfish. 




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