In a WSJ article, I read the following sentence:

One hunter few a knife, pulled the man’s hair taut, and cut off his scalp.

My search in dictionaries and on the web have failed me. Which verb is "few" a past tense of?

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    I'd be surprised if that were not a typo for "drew."
    – wavemode
    Commented Mar 24, 2020 at 20:23
  • This is probably it! How silly of me. Thank you.
    – Dmitri
    Commented Mar 24, 2020 at 20:29
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    This is the kind of typo you get with auto-correcting software and OCR approximations. "Few" is a legitimate word, so it doesn't get flagged, but the software can't figure out why it doesn't really work there.
    – Robusto
    Commented Mar 24, 2020 at 20:41

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This must be a typo, because I have never heard 'few' used as a verb. They probably meant to write 'drew', which is the past tense of 'draw', or to pull out.

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