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 for Engrossed bill
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Engross \En*gross"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Engrossed; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Engrossing.] [F., fr. pref. en- (L. in) + gros
     gross, grosse, n., an engrossed document: cf. OF. engrossir,
     engroissier, to make thick, large, or gross. See Gross.]
     1. To make gross, thick, or large; to thicken; to increase in
        bulk or quantity. [Obs.]
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              Waves . . . engrossed with mud.       --Spenser.
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              Not sleeping, to engross his idle body. --Shak.
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     2. To amass. [Obs.]
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              To engross up glorious deeds on my behalf. --Shak.
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     3. To copy or write in a large hand (en gross, i. e., in
        large); to write a fair copy of in distinct and legible
        characters; as, to engross a deed or like instrument on
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              Some period long past, when clerks engrossed their
              stiff and formal chirography on more substantial
              materials.                            --Hawthorne.
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              Laws that may be engrossed on a finger nail. --De
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     4. To seize in the gross; to take the whole of; to occupy the
        attention completely; to absorb; as, the subject engrossed
        all his thoughts.
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     5. To purchase either the whole or large quantities of, for
        the purpose of enhancing the price and making a profit;
        hence, to take or assume in undue quantity, proportion, or
        degree; as, to engross commodities in market; to engross
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     Engrossed bill (Legislation), one which has been plainly
        engrossed on parchment, with all its amendments,
        preparatory to final action on its passage.
     Engrossing hand (Penmanship), a fair, round style of
        writing suitable for engrossing legal documents,
        legislative bills, etc.
     Syn: To absorb; swallow up; imbibe; consume; exhaust; occupy;
          forestall; monopolize. See Absorb.
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