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tall (the ordinary sense is freq.; 2 common Eliz. prose use; 3 cf. HAND sb. 1)
1. goodly, fine, ‘proper’ MND. V. i. 146 “sweet youth and tall,” Shr. IV. i. 11, IV. iv. 17 “Thou'rt a fellow.”
2. (conventional epithet of ships of large build) fine, gallant Mer.V. III. i. 6, R2 II. i. 286, Lr. IV. vi. 19 “yond anchoring bark,” Oth. II. i. 79, Sonn. lxxx. 12 “I am a worthless boat, He of tall building.”
3. good at arms, strong in fight, doughty, valiant (freq. ironical) Wiv. II. ii. 12 “good soldiers and tall” “fellows,” Tw.N. I. iii. 21, 1H4 I. iii. 62 “many a good fellow,” R3 I. iv. 157 “Spoke like a fellow,” Rom. II. iv. 32 “a very good blade!—a very man!,” Ant. II. vi. 7 “much youth” ; brave H5 II. i. 72 “Thy spirits are most tall.”
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