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codpiece an ostentatiously indelicate part of the male dress, which was put to several uses,—to stick pins in, to carry the purse in, etc., THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA, ii. 7. 53, 56; MEASURE FOR MEASURE, iii. 2. 107; MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, iii. 3. 126; THE WINTER'S TALE, iv. 4. 602; KING LEAR, iii. 2. 27, 40 (on the last of which passages, Marry, here's grace and a cod-piece; that's a wise man and a fool, Douce observes, “Shakespeare has with some humour applied the above name [codpiece] to the Fool, who, for obvious reasons, was usually provided with this unseemly part of dress in a more remarkable manner than other persons”); “codpieces,” LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST, iii. 1. 174.

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