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depeditate

/dee-ped'*-tayt/ [by (faulty) analogy with "decapitate"] Humorously, to cut off the feet of. When one is using some computer-aided typesetting tools, careless placement of text blocks within a page or above a rule can result in chopped-off letter descenders. Such letters are said to have been depeditated.

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