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Sense: 1-2
Date: 1500-1600
Origin: Probably from a Scandinavian language.
Sense: 3
Origin: Old English QUICK1


4 noun

the quick

HBH the sensitive flesh under your fingernails and toenails:
Her nails were bitten to the quick.

cut/sting/pierce somebody to the quick

if a remark or criticism cuts you to the quick, it makes you feel extremely upset:
She was cut to the quick by the accusation.

the quick and the dead

biblicalRRC all people, including those who are alive and those who are dead

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