canvass (v.) Old form(s): canuas
toss about [as if in a canvas sheet], beat, thrash
1H6 I.iii.36[Gloucester to Winchester] I'll canvass thee in thy broad cardinal's hat [also: investigate thoroughly]
2H4 II.iv.220[Doll to Falstaff] I'll canvass thee between a pair of sheets
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