obsolete Nearly; on the point of. Primarily heard in US. I like to got pneumonia from being out in that cold rain for so long.
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Rur. almost. I like to died laughing when I saw Jim come in wearing a dress. Mary like to passed out when she saw how bad her house was damaged in the storm.
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Also, liked to. Come close to, be on the point of. For example, We like to froze to death, or He liked to have never got away. This expression, now considered a colloquialism from the American South, dates from the early 1400s and was used several times by Shakespeare.
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