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Word: preen

Definition: make oneself tidy in appearance; feel self-satisfaction or pride; (of a bird) smooth or clean (feathers) with the beak; Ex. preen oneself on; CF. prune


Sentences Containing 'preen'

The origin of name Preens Eddy (or Preen's Eddy) is unclear at the time of writing and contributions are sought to determine whether the Eddy was a swirling current formed by an obstruction in the river or whether Preen was a person, a place or a landmark/feature, or a name possibly linked to the Preenshead woodland location nearby.

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