The Passamaquoddy-Maliseet Dictionary

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Entry Definition
s/he fights h/ unsuccessfully, fails in fighting h/
s/he fights it unsuccessfully, fails in fighting it
s/he tries unsuccessfully to get up over it (hill, ramp, staircase)
s/he tries to make it and fails, tries in vain to make it, tries to make it without success
s/he tries to make it for h/ and fails; s/he tries in vain to make it for h/
s/he fails to endure it, is unsuccessful in standing up to it
s/he tries unsuccessfully to untie or unlace or unwind it
s/he cannot swallow
s/he asks (or tells) h/ in vain to do something
s/he tries in vain to reach it
s/he cannot breathe, has great difficulty breathing; s/he gasps for air
s/he wants it but cannot get it
s/he fails to make the turn in it (e.g., road)
s/he fails to stay awake, tries in vain to stay awake
s/he wavers about it; s/he cannot make up mind to do it, is unsure about doing it
s/he tries without success to say it, has difficulty saying or pronouncing it
s/he tries without sucess to say something belonging to h/ (e.g., h/ name, h/ occupation)
s/he tries unsuccessfully to get good grip on it
s/he does not have chance to tell h/, s/he tries without success to tell h/
s/he fails to make h/, tries without success to make h/
s/he tries without success to go (somewhere); s/he, it cannot get there; (car, etc.) it fails to start
it cannot get there; (car, etc.) it fails to start, it breaks down
s/he is unsuccessful in imitating it
s/he is unable to read, tries without success to read
s/he cannot breathe, has great difficulty breathing; s/he gasps for air