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End, subst. 1) the extreme part of any thing: “at which e. of the beam should bow,” Tp. II, 1, 131. “each e. of thy blue bow,” IV, 80. “to the west e. of the wood,” Gentl. V, 3, 9. “to the world's e.” Ado II, 1, 272. “the e. of his club,” LLL V, 1, 139. V, 2, 897. Merch. I, 3, 82. As III, 3, 55. Wint. I, 1, 34. H4B V, 5, 124. R3 III, 7, 35 etc. “to the opposed e. of our intents,” LLL V, 2, 768. “the latter e. of his commonwealth,” Tp. II, 1, 157. Wiv. I, 4, 9. LLL V, 2, 630. Mids. IV, 1, 223. All's II, 5, 31. H4A IV, 2, 85. H5 V, 2, 341 (quibbling). “I'll woo you like a soldier, at arms 'e.” Gentl. V, 4, 57 (quibbling in the word arms). “hold death awhile at the arm's e.” As II, 6, 10. cf. “he holds Belzebub at the staves' e.” Tw. V, 292. “candles' --s,” H4B II, 4, 267. “blessed fig's e.” Oth. II, 1, 256. “thou hast it at the fingers' e.” LLL V, 1, 81. Tw. I, 3, 83. “pick strong matter of revolt and wrath out of the bloody fingers' --s of John,” John III, 4, 168. “smile upon his fingers' --s,” H5 II, 3, 16. “every lane's e.” Wint. IV, 4, 701. “a rope's e.” Err. IV, 1, 16. Err. IV, 1, 16 IV, 4, 16. IV, 4, 16 “at upper e. o' the table,” Wint. IV, 4, 59. “at the tongue's e.” LLL III, 1, 12. “at town's e.” H4A IV, 2, 10. “they are for the town's e.” V, 3, 39. Without the sign of the genitive: “at street e.” Wiv. IV, 2, 40. “unto Longlane e.” Shr. IV, 3, 187. “at the orchard e.” Tw. III, 4, 244. “at either c. the mast,” Err. I, 1, 86 (cf. Of). to stand on e. == to bristle up: Ven. 272. R3 I, 3, 304 (Ff an end). “my hair be fixed on e.” H6B III, 2, 318 (Ff an end). “to stand an e.” Hml. I, 5, 19. III, 4, 122.
2) extremity in general, conclusion, close: “sweet beginning, but unsavoury e.” Ven. 1138. without e. Lucr. Dedic. Ven. 1138 Lucr. 238. “my weary travel's e.” Sonn. 50, 2. “my life hath e.” 92, 6. “'I hate' she altered with an e.” 145, 9. Tp. IV, 115. Meas. V, 46. Merch. III, 1, 20. Troil. IV, 5, 224 etc. “to make an e. of sth.:” Wiv. I, 2, 12. Wint. III, 3, 99. Cor. IV, 2, 26. Tim. III, 4, 55. Hml. IV, 5, 57. Ant. IV, 14, 105. “to have an e.” Lr. V, 1, 45. “to have e.” Sonn. 92, 6. Ant. I, 2, 95. “grew to an e.” R3 III, 7, 20 (Ff drew toward e.). “an e., sir,” All's II, 2, 66. Cor. V, 3, 171. “at an e.” LLL V, 2, 430. H6C III, 2, 81. “at e.” Cor. IV, 7, 4. there's an e. (== there is no more to say about it): Ado II, 1, 129. H4A V, 3, 65. H5 II, 1, 11. III, 2, 153. Cymb. III, 1, 84. there an e., in the same sense: Gentl. I, 3, 65. II, 1, 168. Shr. V, 2, 98. R2 V, 1, 69. H4B III, 2, 358. Troil. I, 1, 91. Rom. III, 4, 28. Mcb. III, 4, 80. “has hurt me, and there's the e. on't,” Tw. V, 202. in the e. == finally: All's IV, 2, 68. Tw. II, 3, 203. R3 I, 3, 272. H4B I, 1, 79. H6B III, 1, 364. H6C I, 2, 14. Cor. I, 9, 5. Tim. III, 3, 30. Hml. IV, 2, 18. Lr. III, 7, 101. “I'll catch the fly in the latter e.” H5 V, 2, 341 (quibbling). for an e. in the same sense: “so it must fall out to him or our authorities, for an e.” Cor. II, 1, 260.
3) perdition, destruction, death: “beauty's waste hath in the world an e.” Sonn. 9, 11. “thy e. is truth's and beauty's doom and date,” 14, 14. “my e. was wrought by nature,” Err. I, 1, 34. Err. I, 1, 34 “to the world's e.” II, 2, 108. cf. Troil. III, 2, 209 and Cor. III, 1, 304. Err. IV, 4, 44. Merch. IV, 1, 274. R2 II, 1, 11. H6A II, 5, 7. H8 II, 1, 97. “I shall see an e. of him,” As I, 1, 171. “he makes a swanlike e.” Merch. III, 2, 44. “a made a finer e.” H5 II, 3, 11. “made a good e.” Hml. IV, 5, 186. “this apoplexy will certain be his e.” H4B IV, 4, 130. “either of you to be the other's e.” R3 II, 1, 15. “take his e.” H6B I, 4, 36. “is this the promised e.?” Lr. V, 3, 263.
4) issue, result, that which is found or met with at the close: “most poor matters point to richest --s,” Tp. III, 1, 4. “in this forest let us do those --s that here were well begun,” As V, 4, 176. “delays have dangerous --s,” H6A III, 2, 33. “these violent delights have violent --s,” Rom. II, 6, 9. “bring noblest minds to basest --s,” Tim. IV, 3, 471. “what can be avoided whose e. is purposed by the mighty gods?” Caes. II, 2, 27. cf. “the cardinal is the e. of this,” H8 II, 1, 40 (== he is at the bottom of it).
5) fragment, scrap: “ere you flout old --s any further,” Ado I, 1, 290. “with odd old --s stolen out of holy writ,” R3 I, 3, 337 (Qq old odd --s).
6) purpose, intention, aim: “neglecting worldly --s,” Tp. I, 2, 89. “their foul --s,” Tp. I, 2, 89 “to work mine e. upon their senses,” V, 53. Meas. I, 3, 5. LLL I, 1, 55. Mids. V, 111. As III, 3, 53. H8 I, 1, 58. II, 1, 124. Cor. V, 3, 4. Ant. III, 2, 37. III, 12, 8. Cymb. III, 5, 63. V, 5, 57. “to this e.” Lucr. 1755. Ado I, 1, 312. H4B IV, 1, 54. “to that e.” Err. IV, 4, 16. As I, 1, 13. III, 3, 42. H6C IV, 1, 64. R3 III, 5, 67. Cor. I, 1, 37. “to what e.” Err. IV, 1, 97. IV, 4, 15. Ado II, 3, 162. LLL V, 2, 304. H4A II, 4, 33. R3 III, 7, 84. “to the e. to crave your assistance,” LLL V, 1, 122. “to the e. they were created,” H6C II, 5, 39. “to no other e.” H6B V, 1, 39. “to a great good e.” Lucr. 528. “bitter to sweet e.” Meas. IV, 6, 8. “to as much e. as give a crutch to the dead,” H8 I, 1, 171.
7) Still an e. == ever and anon: “a slave that still an e. turns me to shame,” Gent. IV, 4, 67 (corrupted from still and anon?).
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