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Career, 1) the ground on which a race is run: “shall quips and sentences awe a man from the c. of his humour?” Ado II, 3, 250. “I shall meet your wit in the c.” V, 1, 135. and so conclusions passed the --s (O. Edd. “careires)” Wiv. I, 1, 184 ('Bardolph means to say: and so in the end he reeled about like a horse passing a c. To pass a c. was a technical term.' Malone).
2) race: “full merrily hath this brave manage, this c., been run,” LLL V, 2, 482. “stopping the c. of laughing with a sigh,” Wint. I, 2, 286. “if misfortune miss the first c.” R2 I, 2, 49.*“when down the hill he holds his fierce c.” H5 III, 3, 23. “he passes some humours and --s,” II, 1, 132 (Pistol's speech).*
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