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Hardly, 1) with difficulty: “it came h. off,” Gent. II, 1, 115. “as h. will he endure your sight,” Wint. IV, 4, 480. “these oracles are h. attained, and h. understood,” H6B I, 4, 74. “knowing how h. I can brook abuse,” V, 1, 92. “I was h. moved to come to thee,” Cor. V, 2, 78. “how h. I was drawn into this war,” Ant. V, 1, 74.
2) harshly, unfavourably, ill: “have aught committed that is h. borne by any,” R3 II, 1, 57. “the commons h. conceive of me,” H8 I, 2, 105. “we house in the rock, yet use thee not so h. as prouder livers do,” Cymb. III, 3, 8.
3) scarcely: Gent. II, 1, 33. Meas. III, 2, 162. Merch. III, 3, 33. As III, 2, 188. Shr. Ind. 2, 127. I, 1, 178. Tw. II, 3, 174. III, 2, 87. III, 4, 63. Wint. II, 3, 112. John V, 6, 42. R2 II, 4, 2. IV, 164. H5 V, 2, 191. H6A I, 1, 160. III, 2, 40. H6B I, 4, 41. H6C I, 4, 151. R3 II, 3, 2 (Qq scarcely). Tim. II, 2, 156. Hml. V, 1, 120 (Qq scarcely). Ant. I, 4, 7. Per. II, 1, 124.
4) not likely (German schwerlich): “I think you'll h. win her,” Gent. I, 1, 141. “h. serve,” All's IV, 1, 59. “I could be sad. Very h. upon such a subject,” H4B II, 2, 47. “you shall h. offend her,” II, 4, 125. “that can h. be,” V, 5, 81. “we shall h. see their banners,” Cor. III, 1, 7. “profit again should h. draw me there,” Mcb. V, 3, 62. “and h. shall I carry out my side,” Lr. V, 1, 61.
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