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ABRO’ACH. adv.


Abro’ach. adv. [See To BROACH.]
1. In a posture to run out; to yield the liquor contained; pro-
perly spoken of vessels.
The Templer spruce, while ev’ry spout’s abroach
Stays till ’tis fair, yet seems to call a coach. Swift’s Miscel.
The jars of gen’rous wine, (Acestes’ gift,
When his Trinacrian shores the navy left)
He set abroach, and for the feast prepar’d,
In equal portions with the ven’son shar’d.
Dryden’s Virgil’s Aeneid ,vol. ii.
2. In a figurative sense; in a state to be diffused or advanced; in
a state of such beginning as promises a progress.
That man, that sits within a monarch’s heart,
And ripens in the sunshine of his favour,
Would he abuse the count’nance of the king,
Alack! what mischiefs might be set abroach,
In shadow of such greatness! Shakespeare’s Henry IV. p. ii.