imp “out our drooping country's broken wing,” RICHARD II., ii. 1. 292 ; “imp a body with a dangerous physic,” CORIOLANUS, iii. 1. 154 ( “jump,” Cambridge ) (Malone explained this, the folio reading, as“To risk a body” ). An expression borrowed from falconry: “when the wing-feathers [or tail-feathers] of a hawk were dropped, or forced out [or broken], by any accident, it was usual to supply [or repair] as many as were deficient [or damaged]. This operation was called to imp a hawk” (STEEVENS) .
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