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n, pl -lies
soot or grime, such as coal dust
vb, collies, collying or collied
(tr) to begrime; besmirch
[C16: ultimately from Old English col coal]
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Past participle: collied
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|Verb||1.||colly - make soiled, filthy, or dirty; "don't soil your clothes when you play outside!"|
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
foul - make unclean; "foul the water"
smear - stain by smearing or daubing with a dirty substance
slime - cover or stain with slime; "The snake slimed his victim"
splash - soil or stain with a splashed liquid
mud, muck up, muck, mire - soil with mud, muck, or mire; "The child mucked up his shirt while playing ball in the garden"
crock - soil with or as with crock
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