croak


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croak

1. slang To die. How are we going to tell the kids that their fish croaked while they were at school?
2. slang To kill someone or something. We all watched in horror as the lion croaked its prey.

croak out

To say something in a low, gruff, possibly emotional voice. A noun or pronoun can be used between "croak" and "out." I wanted to say a few remarks at the funeral, but I had a hard time croaking them out.
See also: croak, out

croak

1. in. to die; to expire; to succumb. The parrot croaked before I got it home.
2. tv. to kill someone or something. The car croaked the cat just like that.
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Included in that list are several verbs which, according to the OED, refer to animal sounds as well as to human utterances: bawl, bellow, croak, fawn, growl, grumble, roar, snarl, sneer, snort, squeak, shriek, whimper, whine, and whistle.
Rachel Croak is a Clinton High School graduate, Class of 2003 and Westfield State University Class of 2007, where she received her bachelor's degree in history.
Set in a land ruled by a decadent, selfish king (Adel Mahmoud Abed al-Latif), with the help of his uncaring servant Croak, the people beyond the gates of the palace are poor and neglected.
When asked what would force them to withdraw, Croak said: "a whole lot".
"Do you remember a while back when you and I were talking about how we were the oldest members of The Dumb Bunch and how we would probably croak way before any of the other members did?"
Females of the species called rattlebox moths sniff out each other's male-attracting pheromones and congregate, creating the pheromone-based equivalent of male frogs gathering in a pond to croak a mating chorus, say researchers.
The full range of Shaver's art is displayed on this newest album with sparse guitar, bass, and drums that place the songs, and Shaver's evocative croak of a voice, front and center.
As an agricultural economist put it: "You'd croak from smoke before you'd get high on hemp,"
From the ragged croak of "Last Fair Deal Gone Down" to the gallows grin of Bob Wills's "Trouble in Mind," Lofty Deeds tells a story of exploitation that would have been as familiar to Hank Williams as it is to Langford.
With a croak a raven flies up and circles over my head.
To make matters worse, Americans tend to drink even less as they near retirement age, whereas French and British folks start drinking while they're young arid keep on going at the same rate 'til they croak (usually at a ripe, old age).
It satirizes an Anheuser-Busch ad campaign for beer, in which frogs croak out the word "Budweiser."
Well, fish can click, squeak, whistle, peep, grunt, croak, and make lots of other noises.
Frogs croak. The turtle Ben found in the river climbs out of the muddy bottom and onto the flat rock set in the pool's center as a sunning spot.
Then he turns bitterly on the crow for having disturbed, unasked, his unsuspicious bliss; he plucks the bird's feathers, turns him black, takes away his power of speech, changes his sweet song to a raucous croak, and flings him to the Devil, thus accounting for the present appearance of all crows and serving as a warning to all tattle - tales.