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Husbandry, 1) tillage, cultivation of the ground, the whole business of a farmer: “where is she so fair whose uneared womb disdains the tillage of thy h.?” Sonn. 3, 6. “her plenteous womb expresseth his full tilth and h.” Meas. I, 4, 44. “cannot so much as a blossom yield in lieu of all thy pains and h.” As II, 3, 65. “my old dame will be undone now for one to do her h. and her drudgery,” H4B III, 2, 124. “all her h. doth lie on heaps,” H5 V, 2, 39. “choke the herbs for want of h.” H6B III, 1, 33.
2) economy, thrift: “lets so fair a house fall to decay, which h. in honour might uphold,” Sonn. 13, 10. “if you suspect my h.” Tim. II, 2, 164. “there's h. in heaven; their candles are all out,” Mcb. II, 1, 4. “borrowing dulls the edge of h.” Hml. I, 3, 77.
3) care of one's business: “I commit into your hands the h. and manage of my house,” Merch. III, 4, 25. “shows good h. for the Volscian state,” Cor. IV, 7, 22. especially shown by early rising: “makes us early stirrers, which is both healthful and good h.” H5 IV, 1, 7. “like as there were h. in war, before the sun rose he was harnessed,” Troil. I, 2, 7. “that is the cause we trouble you so early; 'tis not our h.” Per. III, 2, 20.
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