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verb     keel pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlekeeling
past tensekeeled
past participlekeeled
  1. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    to cool by stirring, skimming, or pouring in something cold, in order to prevent it from boiling over

    While greasy Joan doth keel the pot. (Shakespeare)

    Submitted by LizzyB from United Kingdom on 21/10/2016

phrasal verb

keel over

Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theykeel over
he/she/itkeels over
present participlekeeling over
past tensekeeled over
past participlekeeled over
  1. 1
    informal if a person keels over, they fall, especially because they unexpectedly feel ill
  2. 2
    if a ship keels over, it falls sideways
  3. 3
    to suddenly stop working correctly

    My email system would keel over if I tried to send that much data.



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