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 for To quit cost
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Quit \Quit\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Quit or Quitted; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Quitting.] [OE. quiten, OF. quiter, quitier,
     cuitier, F. quitter, to acquit, quit, LL. quietare, fr. L.
     quietare to calm, to quiet, fr. quietus quiet. See Quiet,
     a., and cf. Quit, a., Quite, Acquit, Requite.]
     1. To set at rest; to free, as from anything harmful or
        oppressive; to relieve; to clear; to liberate. [R.]
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              To quit you of this fear, you have already looked
              Death in the face; what have you found so terrible
              in it?                                --Wake.
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     2. To release from obligation, accusation, penalty, or the
        like; to absolve; to acquit.
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              There may no gold them quyte.         --Chaucer.
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              God will relent, and quit thee all his debt.
                                                    --Milton.
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     3. To discharge, as an obligation or duty; to meet and
        satisfy, as a claim or debt; to make payment for or of; to
        requite; to repay.
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              The blissful martyr quyte you your meed. --Chaucer.
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              Enkindle all the sparks of nature
              To quit this horrid act.              --Shak.
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              Before that judge that quits each soul his hire.
                                                    --Fairfax.
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     4. To meet the claims upon, or expectations entertained of;
        to conduct; to acquit; -- used reflexively.
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              Be strong, and quit yourselves like men. --1 Sam.
                                                    iv. 9.
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              Samson hath quit himself
              Like Samson.                          --Milton.
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     5. To carry through; to go through to the end. [Obs.]
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              Never worthy prince a day did quit
              With greater hazard and with more renown. --Daniel.
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     6. To have done with; to cease from; to stop; hence, to
        depart from; to leave; to forsake; as, to quit work; to
        quit the place; to quit jesting.
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              Such a superficial way of examining is to quit truth
              for appearance.                       --Locke.
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     To quit cost, to pay; to reimburse.
  
     To quit scores, to make even; to clear mutually from
        demands.
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              Does not the earth quit scores with all the elements
              in the noble fruits that issue from it? --South.
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     Syn: To leave; relinquish; resign; abandon; forsake;
          surrender; discharge; requite.
  
     Usage: Quit, Leave. Leave is a general term, signifying
            merely an act of departure; quit implies a going
            without intention of return, a final and absolute
            abandonment.
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