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Definition of burke:

  1. To dispose of quietly or indirectly; to suppress; to smother; to shelve; as, to burke a parliamentary question.
  2. To murder by suffocation, or so as to produce few marks of violence, for the purpose of obtaining a body to be sold for dissection.

Synonyms:

quench, duck, hold down, Edmund Burke, suppress, burk, repress, circumvent, elude, restraint, bypass, eschew, squelch, sit on, throttle, choke, smother, stifle, shun, escape, Calamity Jane, muffle, Martha Jane Burk, strangle, dodge, get around, hold back, Martha Jane Burke, seek, evade, hush, avoid, gag.

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