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  • n  a painful pus filled inflammation of the tonsils and surrounding tissues; usually a complication of tonsillitis

  • Most of the words it begins give one the heaves: queasy, quake, quiver, quinsy (as in tonsillitis), quitter, queer in its original sense, querulous, quicklime, quisling or quidnunc .
  • One ointment boasted that it could cure "ague in the face, swelled breasts, sore nipples, bronchitis, sore throats, quinsy, croup, felons, ringworms, burns, scalds, shingles .
  • When these stories reached Secretary Woodin as he lay ill with quinsy in his Carlton Hotel apartment, he summoned newshawks to his bedside.

  • Mark Durkan in Belfast Telegraph
    The SDLP reiterates our call for anyone with information relating to the murders of Sapper Patrick Azimkar, Sapper Mark Quinsy and Constable Stephen Carroll to provide it to the PSNI,added Mr Durkan.
  • Darren Morgan in ic Wales
    Morgan said: "I'd had laryngitis for a few days, but I was struggling to breathe, which really panicked me." "I went to the doctor and it turned out I had quinsy as well." "But instead of the usual nodules on the back of the throat, I...
  • Princess Diana in guardian.co.uk
    Went to see the Top Lady, as I call her,Diana says. "Said, I happen know for a fact that Charles and Camilla and the Van Cutsems are devil-worshipping in the quinsy garden."

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