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budge (v.)

1580s (intransitive) "to move, stir, change position, give way a little;" 1590s (transitive) "change the position of;" from French bougier "to move, stir" (Modern French bouger), from Vulgar Latin *bullicare "to bubble, boil" (hence, "to be in motion"), from Latin bullire "to boil" (see boil (v.)). Compare Spanish bullir "to move about, bustle;" Portuguese bulir "to move a thing from its place." In 16c. canting slang, "a general verb of action, usually stealthy action" (Farmer, "Musa Pedestris," who gives among his examples budge a beak "to give the constable the slip," budge out or off "to sneak off"). Related: Budged; budging.

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Definitions of budge from WordNet
1
budge (v.)
move very slightly;
Synonyms: stir / shift / agitate
2
Budge (n.)
United States tennis player who in 1938 was the first to win the Australian and French and English and United States singles championship in the same year (1915-2000);
Synonyms: Don Budge / John Donald Budge
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