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Seel

To close the eyelids of a hawk by running a thread through them; to hoodwink. (French, ciller, cil, the eyelash.)

She that so young could give out such a seeming,
To seel her father's eyes up, close as oak.

Shakespeare: Othello, iii. 3.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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