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verb course pronunciation in American English /kɔrs/ 
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present tense
present participlecoursing
past tensecoursed
past participlecoursed
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to flow somewhere in large amounts

    Tears coursed down his cheeks.

    Fear sends adrenalin coursing through your veins.

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    1. a.
      if an emotion or physical feeling courses through you, you suddenly feel it strongly

      Anger coursed through him.

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  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to use dogs to chase rabbits or hares as a sport
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