(obsolete) To drive away, disperse, shake off; said especially of tumors.
* 1590 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , III.i:
- For she was giuen all to fleshly lust, / And poured forth in sensuall delight, / That all regard of shame she had discust , / And meet respect of honour put to flight
* Sir H. Wotton
- a pomade of virtue to discuss pimples
To converse or debate concerning a particular topic.
- Many arts were used to discuss the beginnings of new affection.
- Let's sit down and discuss this rationally.
(obsolete) To communicate, tell, or disclose (information, a message, etc.).
* , Merry Wives of Windsor , act 1, sc. 3:
- I don't wish to discuss this further. Let's talk about something else.
* , Henry V , act 4, sc. 1:
- Nym : I will discuss the humour of this love to Page.
To break to pieces; to shatter.
To deal with, in eating or drinking.
* Sir S. Baker
- Pistol : Discuss unto me; art thou officer? Or art thou base, common and popular?
To examine or search thoroughly; to exhaust a remedy against, as against a principal debtor before proceeding against the surety.
- We sat quietly down and discussed a cold fowl that we had brought with us.
* (converse about a topic) betalk, debate, talk about
* discuss to death
* discuss Uganda
To protest or remonstrate; to reason earnestly with a person on some impropriety of conduct.
- Men expostulate with erring friends; they bring accusations against enemies who have done them a wrong.
* 1843 , '', book 2, ch. XI, ''The Abbot’s Ways
- The tears would run plentifully down my face when I made these reflections; and sometimes I would expostulate with myself why Providence should thus completely ruin His creatures, and render them so absolutely miserable; so without help, abandoned, so entirely depressed, that it could hardly be rational to be thankful for such a life.
- […] he affectionately loved many persons to whom he never or hardly ever shewed a countenance of love. Once on my venturing to expostulate with him on the subject, he reminded me of Solomon: “Many sons I have; it is not fit that I should smile on them.”