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Common, subst., 1) an open ground equally used by many: “and make a c. of my serious hours,” Err. II, 2, 29. “my lips are no c.” LLL II, 223. “for enclosing the --s of Melford,” H6B I, 3, 24. “graze in --s,” Caes. IV, 1, 27.
2) the common people (opposed to the nobility): “touching the weal o' the c.” Cor. I, 1, 155. “hath he not passed the noble and the c.” III, 1, 29. Usually in the plural: “the --s hath he pilled,” R2 II, 1, 246. II, 2, 88. II, 2, 88 H4B II, 3, 51. H6B I, 1, 192. I, 3, 131. III, 1, 28. III, 1, 28 III, 1, 28 III, 1, 28 III, 2, 125. III, 2, 125 IV, 1, 100. IV, 2, 192. H8 I, 2, 104. II, 1, 49. Cor. II, 1, 282. III, 3, 14. V, 6, 4. Caes. III, 2, 135.
3) the --s == the lower house of parliament: R2 IV, 154. H5 I, 1, 71.
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