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fair adv. (4 now only in phr. ‘bid, promise fair’)
1. civilly, courteously, kindly (often with the vb. “speak”) Err. III. ii. 188 “so an offer'd chain,” R3 IV. iv. 152 “entreat me ” ; on good terms 2H4 II. i. 211 “tap for tap, and so part fair.”
2. equitably, honestly Meas. III. i. 139, 1H4 V. i. 114.
3. becomingly, fittingly Cor. IV. vi. 119*.
4. auspiciously, favourably, fortunately Err. IV. i. 92, Mer.V. II. i. 20, R2 II. ii. 122 “The wind sits ,” 1H4 V. v. 43 “since this business so is done,” Troil. I. iii. 372 “Should he 'scape Hector ” ; phrase “ be to you,” prosperity attend you Troil. III. i. 47.
5. softly, gently Ado V. iv. 72 “Soft and ,” 1H4 III. i. 104 “ and evenly;—stand ,” stand still Troil. IV. v. 234.
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