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ear sb.: “about” (a person's) “e-s,” in expressions denoting severe treatment or hard measure H5 III. vii. 96, 3H6 V. i. 108, Rom. III. i. 87;—“by the ,” by hearsay All'sW. III. v. 50;—“by the e-s,” quarrelling, at variance (said orig. of animals) All'sW. I. ii. 1, Cor. I. i. 239;—“in and ,” in everybody's ears Ham. IV. v. 94;—“in the ,” within hearing Ham. III. i. 193;—“o'er e-s,” drowned Tp. IV. i. 215;—“shake” (one's) “e-s,” to make the best of things (? like a dog when wet) Tw.N. II. iii. 135, Cæs. IV. i. 26.
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