aim —“Cry,” an expression borrowed from archery: “All my neighbours shall cry aim,” THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, iii. 2. 37 ; “to cry aim To these ill-tuned repetitions,” KING JOHN, ii. 1. 196 ; “Cried I aim?” THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, ii. 3. 81. “ To cry aim! . . . was to encourage, to give aim was to direct; and in these distinct and appropriate senses the words perpetually occur. There was no such officer as aim-cryer . . . the business of encouragement being abandoned to such of the spectators as chose to interfere; to that of direction, indeed, there was a special person appointed. Those who cried aim! stood by the archers; he who gave it, was stationed near the butts, and pointed out, after every discharge, how wide, or how short, the arrow fell of the mark.” Gifford's note on Massinger's Works, vol. ii. p. 28, ed. 1813.
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