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Down, adv., 1) from a higher to a lower place, in a direction to the ground or bottom: “pour d. stinking pitch,” Tp. I, 2, 3. “look d., you gods,” V, 201. “fetch her d.” Gentl. III, 1, 40. “if the bottom were as deep as hell, I should d.” Wiv. III, 5, 14. “d. sleeves,” Ado III, 4, 20 (== hanging sleeves).*“that the precipitation might d. stretch below the beam of sight,” Cor. III, 2, 4. “it will be rain to-night. Let it come d.” Mcb. III, 3, 16. “a pack of sorrows which would press you d.” Gentl. III, 1, 20. “sit d.” Tp. I, 2, 32. III, 1, 23. III, 3, 6. “set it d.” III, 1, 18. “laying them d.” Gentl. I, 2, 135 etc. etc. up and d. == upwards and downwards, Per. III Prol. 50. “d. with the topmast,” Tp. I, 1, 37. “d. with 'em,” Gentl. IV, 1, 2. LLL IV, 3, 368. H6B IV, 7, 2 (== throw them d., destroy them; cf. With). d. == kneel down: “d. therefore and beg mercy of the duke,” Merch. IV, 1, 363. “d. and swear,” Tp. II, 2, 157. As III, 5, 57. Cor. V, 3, 169. == to bed: “to be up early and d. late,” Wiv. I, 4, 108. “is she not d. so late?” Rom. III, 5, 66. “in your clothes, and d. again?” IV, 5, 12; cf. the quibble in V, 3, 209. == fallen or struck down, lying on the ground: “the wall is d. that parted their fathers,” Mids. V, 359. “I can tell who should d.” As I, 2, 227. “if thou see me d. in the battle,” H4A V, 1, 121. “I was d. and out of breath,” V, 4, 149. Caes. V, 4, 9. Mcb. III, 3, 20. Rom. V, 3, 209. Tropically: “if Edward repossess the crown, 'tis like that Richmond with the rest shall d.” H6C IV, 6, 100. IV, 3, 42. IV, 4, 28. “Troy had been d.” Troil. I, 3, 75. “quite, quite d.” Hml. III, 1, 162. “the great man d., you mark his favourite flies,” III, 2, 214. “to be forestalled ere we come to fall, or pardoned being d.” III, 3, 50. Hence: the French shone d. the English (== outshone, eclipsed) H8 I, 1, 20. -- “The moon is d.” Mcb. II, 1, 2 (== set). “she goes d. at twelve,” Mcb. II, 1, 2 if the wind were d. (== had ceased) Gentl. II, 3, 59. -- Implying the idea of great and threatening power, when joined to verbs indicating motion: “go d. upon him,” H5 III, 5, 53. “come d. upon us with a mighty power,” Caes. IV, 3, 169. “a woman that bears all d. with her brain,” Cymb. II, 1, 59 (cf. Bear). -- To write d. (i. e. originally: on the paper): Gentl. I, 2, 117. Ado IV, 2, 13. Wint. IV, 4, 571 etc. (cf. Write). “O villain, that set this d. among her vices,” Gentl. III, 1, 337 (cf. Set). “prick him d.” Caes. IV, 1, 3. “make us pay d. for our offence by weight,” Meas. I, 2, 125 (originally == pay on the table). “paid d. more penitence than done trespass,” Wint. V, 1, 3. “I dare pawn d. my life for him,” Lr. I, 2, 93. Hence == downright, without hesitation: “he hailed d. oaths,” Mids. I, 1, 243. “there did this goldsmith swear me d. that I this day of him received the chain,” Err. V, 227. “here's a villain that would face me d. he met me on the mart,” III, 1, 16.
2) in a horizontal direction (a use originating in a misconceived idea of high and low): “walk with me d. to his house,” Err. IV, 1, 12. west of this place, d. in t“he neighbour bottom,” As IV, 3, 79. “there have been commissions sent d. among 'em,” H8 I, 2, 20. Up and d. == a) to and fro: “trace this alley up and d.” Ado III, 1, 16. “wander up and d. to view the city,” Err. I, 2, 31. Mids. III, 1, 126. III, 2, 396. John V, 1, 35. H6A I, 3, 51. H6B III, 1, 214. Cor. V, 4, 40. Rom. II, 5, 53. Hml. II, 2, 528. “thrice his head thus waving up and d.” II, 1, 93. to go up and d. == to go, to show one's self, to be seen: “a' goes up and d. like a gentleman,” Ado III, 3, 135. “all shapes that man goes up and d. in,” Tim. II, 2, 119. b) everywhere: “we have been up and d. to seek thee,” Ado V, 1, 122. Merch. III, 1, 79. “holds in chase mine honour up and d.” John I, 223. “you follow the young prince up and d. like his ill angel,” H4B I, 2, 185. “the commons scatter up and d.” H6B III, 2, 126. c) altogether (in comparisons): “here's my mother's breath up and d.” Gentl. II, 3, 32. “here's his dry hand up and d.” Ado II, 1, 124. “up and d. carved like an apple-tart,” Shr. IV, 3, 89. “for up and d. she doth resemble thee,” Tit. V, 2, 107.
3) below, at the bottom, on the ground: “the other d., unseen and full of water,” R2 IV, 187. “and break your own neck d.” Hml. III, 4, 196 (a motion from above having preceded).
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