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Noun, Verb (usu participle), Verb (intransitive)


Verb Moil has 3 senses


Moilv. t. [OE. moillen to wet, OF. moillier, muillier, F. mouller, fr. (assumed) LL. molliare, fr. L. mollis soft. See Mollify.].
     To daub; to make dirty; to soil; to defile.  [1913 Webster]
    "Thou . . . doest thy mind in dirty pleasures moil."  [1913 Webster]
Moilv. i. [From Moil to daub; prob. from the idea of struggling through the wet.].
     To soil one's self with severe labor; to work with painful effort; to labor; to toil; to drudge.  [1913 Webster]
    "Moil not too much under ground."  [1913 Webster]
    "Now he must moil and drudge for one he loathes."  [1913 Webster]
     A spot; a defilement.  [1913 Webster]
    "The moil of death upon them."  [1913 Webster]


Moil, v. & n. archaic
--v.intr. drudge (esp. toil and moil).
--n. drudgery.

ME f. OF moillier moisten, paddle in mud, ult. f. L mollis soft



agitation, be turbulent, bluster, bobbery, boil, boiling, brouhaha, bubble, bustle, churn, clamor, commotion, conturbation, dig, dirty work, discomposure, disorder, disquiet, disquietude, disturbance, donkeywork, drive, drudge, drudgery, ebullition, embroilment, employment, excitement, fag, fatigue, ferment, fermentation, fever, feverishness, fidgets, flap, flurry, fluster, flutteration, foment, fume, fuss, grind, grub, hammer, hammer away, handiwork, handwork, hubbub, hurly-burly, industry, inquietude, jitters, jumpiness, labor, lather, lick, lick of work, maelstrom, malaise, manual labor, mill, mill around, nerviness, nervosity, nervousness, peg, peg away, perturbation, plod, plug, plug along, plug away, plugging, pound away, rat race, restlessness, roil, rout, row, ruction, scut work, seethe, seething, simmer, slavery, slog, slogging, smolder, spadework, stir, strain, strive, stroke, stroke of work, sweat, swirl, task, tiresome work, to-do, toil, travail, treadmill, trepidation, trepidity, tug, tumult, tumultuation, turbidity, turbulence, turmoil, twitter, unease, unrest, uproar, upset, wade through, work, work away




VB be active, busy oneself in, stir, stir about, stir one's stumps, bestir oneself, rouse oneself, speed, hasten, peg away, lay about one, bustle, fuss, raise up, kick up a dust, push, make a push, make a fuss, make a stir, go ahead, push forward, fight one's way, elbow one's way, make progress, toll, plod, persist, keep up the ball, keep the pot boiling, look sharp, have all one's eyes about one, rise, arouse oneself, hustle, get up early, be about, keep moving, steal a march, kill two birds with one stone, seize the opportunity, lose no time, not lose a moment, make the most of one's time, not suffer the grass to grow under one's feet, improve the shining hour, make short work of, dash off, make haste, do one's best take pains, do wonders, work wonders, have many irons in the fire, have one's hands full, have much on one's hands, have other things to do, have other fish to fry, be busy, not have a moment to spare, not have a moment that one can call one's own, have one's fling, run the round of, go all lengths, stick at nothing, run riot, outdo, overdo, overact, overlay, overshoot the mark, make a toil of a pleasure, have a hand in, take an active part, put in one's oar, have a finger in the pie, mix oneself up with, trouble, one's head about, intrigue, agitate, tamper with, meddle, moil, intermeddle, interfere, interpose, obtrude, poke one's nose in, thrust one's nose in.


VB exert oneself, exert one's energies, tax one's energies, use exertion, labor, work, toil, moil, sweat, fag, drudge, slave, drag a lengthened chain, wade through, strive, stretch a long arm, pull, tug, ply, ply the oar, tug at the oar, do the work, take the laboring oar bestir oneself (be active), take trouble, trouble oneself, work hard, rough it, put forth one's strength, put forth a strong arm, fall to work, bend the bow, buckle to, set one's shoulder to the wheel, work like a horse, work like a cart horse, work like a galley slave, work like a coal heaver, labor day and night, work day and night, redouble one's efforts, do double duty, work double hours, work double tides, sit up, burn the candle at both ends, stick to, work one's way, fight one's way, lay about one, hammer at, take pains, do one's best, do one's level best, do one's utmost, give one hundred percent, do the best one can, do all one can, do all in one's power, do as much as in one lies, do what lies in one's power, use one's best endeavor, use one's utmost endeavor, try one's best, try one's utmost, play one's best card, put one's best leg foremost, put one's right leg foremost, have one's whole soul in his work, put all one's strength into, strain every nerve, spare no efforts, spare no pains, go all lengths, go through fire and water, move heaven and earth, leave no stone unturned.

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