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on prep. (2 orig. often an actual difference of idiom, but from Eliz. times resulting from confusion of OF and ON, both of which were reduced to o')
1. =from Lr. V. iii. 167* “what art thou That hast this fortune on me?”; often taken=against (cf. UPON).
2. =of, e.g. Tp. IV. i. 157 “such stuff As dreams are made on,” Mac. II. iii. 44 “i' the very throat on me” ; esp. in “on's”=of his, “on't”=of it.
3. =UPON 5 Tp. V. i. 4 “How's the day?—On the sixth hour.”
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