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fault (2 and the sense ‘defect, imperfection’ are the most freq. S. meanings; 4? only S.)
1. lack, want, in phr. “for of,” in the absence of, for want of Wiv. I. iv. 17, 2H4 II. ii. 47, Rom. II. iv. 132.
2. something wrongly done; also in obs. phr. “do” or “make a ,” commit an offence Wiv. V. v. 9, Wint. III. ii. 218, R2 I. ii. 5, Lucr. 804, Sonn. xxxv. 5.
3. (in hunting) a break in the line of scent, loss of scent Tw.N. II. v. 142 “the cur is excellent at f-” ; phr. “cold fault,” cold or lost scent Shr. Ind. I. 20, Ven. 694.
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