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Breast, subst., 1) the part of the body between the neck and belly, in men and beasts: “broad b.” Ven. 296. “his back, his b.” Ven. 296 Ven. 296 Ven. 296 Lucr. 439. Lucr. 439 Pilgr. 382. Sonn. 153, 10. Tp. III, 3, 47. LLL IV, 3, 173. LLL IV, 3, 173 Mids. II, 2, 146. Merch. IV, 1, 252. H6A I, 5, 10. III, 3, 87. Cor. II, 2, 126 etc. etc. “tugging to be victors, b. to b.” H6C II, 5, 11. Tropically: dare sail upon her (the sea's) “patient b.” Troil. I, 3, 36. “the lightning seemed to open the b. of heaven,” Caes. I, 3, 51. “conjure from the b. of peace such bold hostility,” H4A IV, 3, 43.
2) the dugs of women: “her --s, like ivory globes,” Lucr. 407. Sonn. 130, 3. Cor. I, 3, 43. Mcb. I, 5, 48. “when thou sucked'st her b.” H6A V, 4, 28. Tim. IV, 3, 178.
3) the heart: “lest the deceiving harmony should run into the quiet closure of my b.” Ven. 782. “or tyrant folly lurk in gentle --s,” Lucr. 851. “dumb presagers of my speaking b.” Sonn. 23, 10. 109, 4. “to physic your cold b.” Compl. 259. Tp. I, 2, 288. Gentl. V, 4, 7. “if my b. had not been made of faith,” Err. III, 2, 150. “kisses the base ground with obedient b.” LLL IV, 3, 225. “stirs good thoughts in any b. of strong authority,” John II, 113. IV, 2, 73. “what his b. forges, that his tongue must vent,” Cor. III, 1, 258. “O my b., thy hope ends here,” Mcb. IV, 3, 113. Mcb. IV, 3, 113
4) musical voice: “the fool has an excellent b.” Tw. II, 3, 20.
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