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obsolescent, colloquial 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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like to

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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like to

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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Thackeray was fond of such open disguises, and liked to greet his reader from the mask of Yellowplush and Michael Angelo Titmarsh, but it seems to me this was in his least modern moments.
And of all men he was the only one with whom Vronsky would have liked to speak of his love.
Polly felt this; and as she missed the home-petting, gladly showed that she liked to see the quiet old face brighten, as she entered the solitary room, where few children came, except the phantoms of little sons and daughters, who, to the motherly heart that loved them, never faded or grew up.
"When Matthew was here he liked to hear you laugh and he liked to know that you found pleasure in the pleasant things around you," said Mrs.
Hosts loved to detain the dry lawyer, when the light-hearted and loose-tongued had already their foot on the threshold; they liked to sit a while in his unobtrusive company, practising for solitude, sobering their minds in the man's rich silence after the expense and strain of gaiety.
I liked the gel formation as it was easily absorbed, but would liked to have seen the price tag reduced a bit - I reckon around pounds 6 would be right.
He liked pursuing the story, he liked reporting, he liked writing, he liked meeting deadlines, and he liked that what he wrote might make a difference." She said that he especially liked to write stories on civil rights, the environment, and issues surrounding the lives of migrant workers and Native Americans.
I asked Harrison what kind of books he liked to read and what he would have chosen for those ten books in the summer.
In Streets on Fire Jessee told us he "liked to fall on his face," and his head-high methods to fakie proved he wasn't just whistling Dixie.
We figured out that he could suck hot milk off the end of a moist towel, which he really liked, and we figured out that he liked to sleep a lot, and we figured out that he slept best when I put him back in my shirt and rocked in the rocking chair.
The new hire also turned out to be a manipulative employee who liked to create chaos between staff members in the office.
We turned the club into a center for personal exorcism, devising theme parties (or "enviroteques," as one drug-dealing-conceptual-artist ex-boyfriend liked to call them).
"I would have liked to play a more direct political role in the area.