(To). To overhang, to threaten, to jut over (Anglo-Saxon,
beot-ian, to menace). Hence beetle or beetled brow.
Or to the dreadful summit of the cliff,
That beetles o'er his base into the sea.
Shakespeare: Hamlet, i. 4.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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