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take to strike: “take you a blow o' the lips,” TWELFTH NIGHT, ii. 5. 63 ; “Take him over the costard with the hilts of thy sword,” RICHARD III., i. 4. 151 (Take in this sense is of considerable antiquity; so in the ballad of Little John, the Beggar, and the Palmers,
“But one of them tooke little Iohn on his head,
The blood ran over his eye.” Bishop Percy's folio Ms. printed by the Early English Text Society, vol. i. p. 49).

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