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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 07 2014

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

Derivatives (1)
chifíchfip "to beat completely at a game"

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 (10)

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  1. xás koovúra kinchifíchfip.
    And (the upriver people) beat them completely.
    Source: Julia Starritt, "Coyote Steals Fire" (WB_KL-10) | read full text
  2. 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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  3. vúra tá kinchífich.
    They beat them.
    Source: Chester Pepper, "Coyote's Gambling Song" (WB_KL-13) | read full text
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  4. 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
  5. púyava pakéevniikich tá kunchífich.
    Then the old woman was beaten.
    Source: Mamie Offield, "The Perils of Weasel" (WB_KL-19) | read full text
  6. 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
  7. kári xás vaa káru vúra uchífich.
    Then he won those too.
    Source: Mamie Offield, "Eel and Sucker" (WB_KL-37) | read full text
  8. 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
  9. xás kunchífich.
    And they beat him.
    Source: Nettie Reuben, "The Pool in Big Rock" (WB_KL-59) | read full text
  10. vúra tá pura fâat thiinátihara, vúra tá kunchifíchfip.
    He didn’t have anything, they beat him completely.
    Source: Nettie Reuben, "The Pool in Big Rock" (WB_KL-59) | read full text