v. ped·dled, ped·dling, ped·dles
a. To travel about selling (wares): peddling goods from door to door.
b. To engage in the illicit sale of (narcotics).
2. Informal To seek to disseminate; give out: peddling lies.
1. To travel about selling wares.
2. To occupy oneself with trifles.
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