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chifich to defeat, to beat someone in a contest, to beat someone at gambling

Dictionary Entry
lexicon ID #1110 | revised Nov 03 2005

chifich V • to defeat, to beat someone in a contest, to beat someone at gambling

Source: WB 289, p.330

  • chifíichtihaphanik ikreemyahváraa pakurihákaam. They couldn't beat him at playing music or singing. [Reference: KS1. Eel 003]
  • ápapkam takinchífich. One side beat the other. [Reference: WB 13: Coyote's Gambling Song 007]


Sentence examples (8)

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  1. ápapkam tá kinchífich.
    One side beat them (on the other side).
    Source: Chester Pepper, "Coyote's Gambling Song" (WB_KL-13) | read full text
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  2. vúra tá kinchífich.
    They beat them.
    Source: Chester Pepper, "Coyote's Gambling Song" (WB_KL-13) | read full text
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  3. púyava patóo xus " tá kanachífich," kári pamutêenva tóo syuunkiv.
    And when she thought, "I've been beaten," then she pulled off her earrings.
    Source: Mamie Offield, "The Perils of Weasel" (WB_KL-19) | read full text
  4. púyava pakéevniikich tá kunchífich.
    Then the old woman was beaten.
    Source: Mamie Offield, "The Perils of Weasel" (WB_KL-19) | read full text
  5. chavúra uum koovúra tá kunchífich akráa chamuxich'îin.
    Finally Sucker won everything from Eel.
    Source: Mamie Offield, "Eel and Sucker" (WB_KL-37) | read full text
  6. kári xás vaa káru vúra uchífich.
    Then he won those too.
    Source: Mamie Offield, "Eel and Sucker" (WB_KL-37) | read full text
  7. kári xás uxus, " máva aaníhich tá kunchífich."
    And he thought, "Look, big brother's getting beaten."
    Source: Mamie Offield, "Shinny Game Medicine" (WB_KL-54) | read full text
  8. xás kunchífich.
    And they beat him.
    Source: Nettie Reuben, "The Pool in Big Rock" (WB_KL-59) | read full text