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verb British English pronunciation: keel /kiːl/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theykeel
he/she/itkeels
present participlekeeling
past tensekeeled
past participlekeeled

phrasal verb

keel over

[intransitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theykeel over
he/she/itkeels over
present participlekeeling over
past tensekeeled over
past participlekeeled over
  1. 3
    to suddenly stop working correctly

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

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