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At, prepos. serving to mark a point of place or time. 1) of place: “at Ardea to my lord,” Lucr. 1332 (cf. “going back to school in Wittenberg,” Hml. I, 2, 113; but: “depart to Paris to the king,” H6A III, 2, 128). “at Tunis,” Tp. II, 1, 97. “at Windsor,” Wiv. II, 1, 66. “at Ephesus,” Err. I, 1, 17. “at Berwick,” H6A II, 1, 83. “at London,” H6A II, 1, 83 “at the Tower,” R3 III, 1, 65. “at Exeter,” IV, 2, 106 etc. etc. Even a country treated as a local point: “when at Bohemia you take my lord,” Wint. I, 2, 39. -- “At the Phoenix,” Err. I, 2, 88. “at your shop,” III, 1, 3. “does he lie at the Garter?” Wiv. II, 1, 187. “at Master Page's,” III, 2, 86. “at Master Ford's,” IV, 1, 1. “at the Duke Alençon's,” LLL II, 61. “at the father's of a certain pupil of mine,” IV, 2, 159. “at the notary's,” Merch. I, 3, 173. “at the governor's,” H6A I, 4, 20. “at my cousin Cressida's,” Troil. III, 2, 1. “at the duke's,” Oth. I, 2, 44. “at her father's,” I, 3, 241. “meet me at the North-gate,” Gentl. III, 1, 258. “porter at the gate,” Err. II, 2, 219. “at the road,” Gentl. I, 1, 53. “at the other hill,” John II, 298. “at that oak,” Wiv. IV, 4, 42. “at Herne's oak,” IV, 6, 19. “at the duke's oak,” Mids. I, 2, 113. “whose throats had hanging at them wallets of flesh,” Tp. III, 3, 45. “at which end of the beam,” II, 1, 130. “at my mistress' eyes love's brand new fired,” Sonn. 153, 9. “light them at the glow-worm's eyes,” Mids. III, 1, 173. “at her father's churlish feet,” Gentl. III, 1, 225 (cf. foot). “close at the heels,” Gentl. III, 1, 325. “out at elbow,” Meas. II, 1, 61. “out at heels,” Wiv. I, 3, 34. Lr. II, 2, 164. “I am pale at my heart,” Meas. IV, 3, 157. “breathes at's nostrils,” Tp. II, 2, 65. “foams at mouth,” Troil. V, 5, 36. “overlusty at legs,” Lr. II, 4, 10. “glad at soul,” Oth. I, 3, 196. “at her window,” Gentl. III, 1, 113. Mids. I, 1, 30. “in at the window,” John I, 171. Caes. I, 2, 320. “shine in at the casement,” Mids. III, 1, 59. “thrown in at the casement,” Lr. I, 2, 64. “my master is come in at your back-door,” Wiv. III, 3, 24. “soft pity enters at an iron gate,” Lucr. 595. “saw'st thou him enter at the abbey here?” Err. V, 278. “true prayers that shall be up at heaven and enter there,” Meas. II, 2, 152. “enter at a lady's ear,” H5 V, 2, 100. “fame, late entering at his heedful ears,” H6C III, 3, 63. “to look out at her lady's window,” Ado II, 2, 17. “leans me out at her mistress' window,” Ado III, 3, 156. “talked with you out at your window,” IV, 1, 85. “talk with a man out at a window,” IV, 1, 311. “look out at window,” Merch. II, 5, 41. Shr. V, 1, 32. “it will out at the casement,” As IV, 1, 163. “out at the keyhole,” As IV, 1, 163 “out at the chimney,” As IV, 1, 163 “out at the postern,” Gentl. V, 1, 9. “it would not out at windows nor at doors,” John V, 7, 29. “see him out at gates,” Cor. III, 3, 138. “goes out at the portal,” Hml. III, 4, 136. “I must be brief, lest resolution drop out at mine eyes,” John IV, 1, 36. “I will fetch thy rim out at thy throat,” H5 IV, 4, 15. “forth at your eyes your spirits wildly peep,” Hml. III, 4, 119. -- Sometimes other prepositions, as in or on, would be expected: “feed like oxen at a stall,” H4A V, 2, 14. “five justices' hands at it,” Wint. IV, 4, 288; but the irregularity may be easily accounted for. At land, at sea, at freedom, at liberty, v. land, sea etc.
Serving to point out a mark aimed at: “love's golden arrow at him should have fled,” Ven. 947. “shoot their foam at Simois' banks,” Lucr. 1442. “shoot not at me,” Sonn. 117, 12. “a stone to throw at his dog,” Wiv. I, 4, 119. “aiming at Silvia,” Gentl. II, 6, 30. “a certain aim he took at a fair Vestal,” Mids. II, 1, 158. “to strike at me,” Wiv. V, 5, 248. “she strikes at the brow,” LLL IV, 1, 119. “dart thy skill at me,” V, 2, 396. “bore at men's eyes,” Tim. IV, 3, 116. “bark at a crow,” Ado I, 1, 133. “beat at thy rocky heart,” Lucr. 590. “spit at me and spurn at me,” Err. II, 2, 136. “I shoot thee at the swain,” LLL III, 66. “reach at the glorious gold,” H6B I, 2, 11 (cf. reach and snatch). “fling it at thy face,” H6C V, 1, 51. “blow them at the moon,” Hml. III, 4, 209. “throw my sceptre at the injurious gods,” Ant. IV, 15, 76. “blow at fire,” Per. I, 4, 4. “uncouple at the hare,” Ven. 674 (to chase the hare). “that which we run at,” H8 I, 1, 142. “none should come at him,” Wint. II, 3, 32. “mow and chatter at me,” Tp. II, 2, 9. “whet his teeth at him,” Ven. 1113. And thus even: “I am at him upon my knees,” Ado II, 1, 30 (i. e. bent towards him, anxious to be heard by him). -- To guess at sth. v. guess.
Serving to mark a point reached: “are you at the farthest?” Shr. IV, 2, 73. at farthest (== at the latest) Tp. IV, 114. “gape at widest,” Tp. I, 1, 63. “thou hast me at the worst,” H5 V, 2, 250. “I am at the worst,” Lr. IV, 1, 27. “almost at fainting under the pleasing punishment,” Err. I, 1, 46. at least, at last etc. cf. least, last, etc. Especially in estimations of price and value: “valued at the highest rate,” Err. I, 1, 24 (cf. price, rate). “I sit at ten pounds a week,” Wiv. I, 3, 8. “at a few drops of womens' rheum he sold the blood and labour of our great action,” Cor. V, 6, 46. I do prize it at my love before the reverend'st throat in Athens (== worth my love) Tim. V, 1, 184. “if my love thou hold'st at aught,” Hml. IV, 3, 60. “what do you esteem it at?” Cymb. I, 4, 85. “buy ladies' flesh at a million a dram,” Cymb. I, 4, 85 thy speaking of my tongue, and I thine, must be granted to be much at one (== of the same value), H5 V, 2, 204. “nothing is at a like goodness still,” Hml. IV, 7, 117.
2) Serving to mark a point of time: “at that time,” Tp. I, 2, 70. “at which time,” V, 4. “at midnight,” I, 2, 228. “at this hour,” IV, 263. “at Hallowmas,” Gentl. II, 1, 27. “at Pentecost,” IV, 4, 163. “at the day of judgment,” Wiv. III, 3, 226. “at eighteen years,” Err. I, 1, 126. “at three years old,” Cymb. I, 1, 58. “at Cain's birth,” LLL IV, 2, 36. “at after supper,” R3 IV, 3, 31 (Ff. and after supper). “at the first sight,” Tp. I, 2, 440. “at first dash,” H6A I, 2, 71. “at his departure,” Gentl. IV, 4, 140. “at my depart for France,” H6B I, 1, 2, etc. etc. “men at some time are masters of their fates,” Caes. I, 2, 139 (== there is a time when . . .).
Hence == on occasion of: “at the marriage of the king's daughter,” Tp. II, 1, 69. Tp. II, 1, 69 “to sing at a man's funeral,” II, 2, 46. “either at flesh or fish,” Err. III, 1, 22. “lost at a game of tick-tack,” Meas. I, 2, 196. “win a lady at leap-frog,” H5 V, 2, 142. “at fast and loose,” Ant. IV, 12, 28. “at an earthquake,” All's I, 3, 91. “at requiring,” Tp. II, 2, 186. “at pick'd leisure,” V, 247. “at thy request,” III, 2, 128. Gentl. II, 1, 132. “at thy hest,” Tp. IV, 65. “at my command,” V, 48. “arrest him at my suit,” Err. IV, 1, 69. “at your important letters,” V, 138. cf. pleasure, leisure, control etc. See also: “at a burden,” Err. V, 343. Wint. IV, 4, 267. “at a birth,” Oth. II, 3, 212. “at a mouthful,” Per. II, 1, 35.
Again == occupied with: “at prayers,” Tp. I, 1, 57. “at play,” V, 185. “at supper,” Gentl. II, 1, 46, etc. etc. “hard at study,” Tp. III, 1, 20. “he thinks he still is at his instrument,” Caes. IV, 3, 293. “at blow and thrust,” Oth. II, 3, 238. “he's at it now,” Wint. III, 3, 109. they are at it (== fighting), Troil. V, 3, 95. “he is armed and at it,” V, 5, 36. 7, 10. “O, they are at it,” Cor. I, 4, 21. “a certain convocation of politic worms are e'en at him,” Hml. IV, 3, 22. (At ebb, at gaze, at a guard, at rest, v. ebb etc.). From this use the following proceeded: “a dog at all things,” Gentl. IV, 4, 14. “I am ill at reckoning,” LLL I, 2, 42. “good at such eruptions,” V, 1, 120. the very best at a beast (i. e. to represent a beast), Mids. V, 232. “as good at any thing,” As V, 4, 110. “I am dog at a catch,” Tw. II, 3, 64. “the cur is excellent at faults,” II, 5, 140. “you're powerful at it,” Wint. II, 1, 28. “you are the better at proverbs,” H5 III, 7, 131. “you were ever good at sudden commendations,” H8 V, 3, 122. “I am ill at these numbers,” Hml. II, 2, 120. “more tight at this than thou,” Ant. IV, 4, 15.
As coincidence of time naturally suggests the idea of causality, at precedes that which causes any affection: “at his look she flatly falleth down,” Ven. 463. “she trembles at his tale,” Ven. 463 “hang their heads at this disdain,” Lucr. 521. “at his own shadow let the thief run mad,” Lucr. 521 “why quiverest thou at this decree?” Lucr. 521 “spread their leaves at the sun's eye,” Sonn. 25, 6. “at a frown they in their glory die,” 25, 8. “they morners seem at such as . . .,” 127, 10. “tremble at thy din,” Tp. I, 2, 371. “mount their pricks at my footfall,” II, 2, 12. “do not smile at me,” IV, 9. “to weep at what I am glad of,” III, 1, 74. “my rejoicing at nothing can be more,” III, 1, 94. “at which they prick'd their ears,” IV, 176. “at which my nose is in great indignation,” IV, 199. “admire at this encounter,” V, 154 (cf. to wonder). “this passion at his name,” Gentl. I, 2, 16. “'tis love you cavil at,” I, 1, 38. “when you chid at Sir Proteus,” II, 1, 78. “wept herself blind at my parting,” II, 3, 14. “railed at me,” III, 2, 4. “takes exceptions at your person,” V, 2, 3. “shrieked at it,” Wiv. I, 1, 309. “make sport at me,” III, 3, 160. “merry at any thing,” Meas. III, 2, 250. “laugh at it,” LLL IV, 3, 148. “better to weep at joy than to joy at weeping,” Ado I, 1, 28. “grew civil at her song,” Mids. II, 1, 152. “rising and cawing at the gun's report,” III, 2, 22. “at his sight away his fellows fly,” III, 2, 22 “I should be mad at it,” Merch. V, 176. “laugh at me, make their pastime at my sorrow,” Wint. II, 3, 24. “hanging the head at Ceres' plenteous load,” H6B I, 2, 2. “the sense aches at thee,” Oth. IV, 2, 69. “which beasts would cough at,” Ant. I, 4, 63. “at whose burden the ocean foams,” II, 6, 20. “courtesy at the censure,” Cymb. III, 3, 55. “took some displeasure at him,” Per. I, 3, 21 (cf. glad, angry etc. etc.).
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