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gage a pledge, RICHARD II., i. 1. 69, 146,161, 174, 176, 186 ; iv. 1. 25, 34, 46, etc. “Gage. A pledge, French. Hence the glove or gauntlet thrown down in challenges was called a gage, because, by throwing it, the challenger pledged himself to meet the person who should take it up.” Nares's Gloss.

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