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tender-hefted*: ‘set in a delicate bodily frame’ (Wright), gentle, womanly Lr. II. iv. 174. ∥ The Qq variants “tender hested, hasted” (app. misprints, f for f) point to a derivation from ‘heft’, ‘haft’ =handle; cf. ‘Emmanché’, . . . set into a haft, or handle, ‘Lasche emmanché’, feeble, loosse ioynted, faint-hearted (Cotgr.).
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