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 for Stay busk
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Stay \Stay\, n. [Cf. OF. estai, F. ['e]tai support, and E. stay
     a rope to support a mast.]
     1. That which serves as a prop; a support. "My only strength
        and stay." --Milton.
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              Trees serve as so many stays for their vines.
                                                    --Addison.
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              Lord Liverpool is the single stay of this ministry.
                                                    --Coleridge.
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     2. pl. A corset stiffened with whalebone or other material,
        worn by women, and rarely by men.
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              How the strait stays the slender waist constrain.
                                                    --Gay.
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     3. Continuance in a place; abode for a space of time;
        sojourn; as, you make a short stay in this city.
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              Make haste, and leave thy business and thy care;
              No mortal interest can be worth thy stay. --Dryden.
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              Embrace the hero and his stay implore. --Waller.
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     4. Cessation of motion or progression; stand; stop.
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              Made of sphere metal, never to decay
              Until his revolution was at stay.     --Milton.
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              Affairs of state seemed rather to stand at a stay.
                                                    --Hayward.
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     5. Hindrance; let; check. [Obs.]
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              They were able to read good authors without any
              stay, if the book were not false.     --Robynson
                                                    (More's
                                                    Utopia).
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     6. Restraint of passion; moderation; caution; steadiness;
        sobriety. [Obs.] "Not grudging that thy lust hath bounds
        and stays." --Herbert.
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              The wisdom, stay, and moderation of the king.
                                                    --Bacon.
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              With prudent stay he long deferred
              The rough contention.                 --Philips.
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     7. (Engin.) Strictly, a part in tension to hold the parts
        together, or stiffen them.
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     Stay bolt (Mech.), a bolt or short rod, connecting opposite
        plates, so as to prevent them from being bulged out when
        acted upon by a pressure which tends to force them apart,
        as in the leg of a steam boiler.
  
     Stay busk, a stiff piece of wood, steel, or whalebone, for
        the front support of a woman's stays. Cf. Busk.
  
     Stay rod, a rod which acts as a stay, particularly in a
        steam boiler.
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