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Date: 1200-1300
Origin: riddle 'sieve' (11-21 centuries), from Old English hriddel

riddle

2 verb
     
riddle2 [transitive]
1 to make a lot of small holes in something:
Two gunmen riddled the bus with gunfire.
2 to shake the coal or wood in a fire, in order to remove ashes

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