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Least, adj. little beyond all others, most insignificant, most trifling: Ven. 745. Sonn. 92, 6. Gent. IV, 2, 13. Meas. III, 1, 111. LLL I, 1, 157. Tw. I, 5, 187. II, 1, 42. Wint. I, 2, 401. H4A III, 1, 186. H4B IV, 5, 173. H6A II, 3, 53. H6B I, 3, 73. III, 2, 178. R3 V, 3, 268. H8 II, 1, 129. II, 4, 153. III, 2, 7. Cor. II, 1, 245. Tit. I, 256. Tim. IV, 3, 521. Caes. III, 1, 189; cf. Lr. I, 1, 85. Mcb. III, 4, 27. Lr. II, 2, 25. Oth. IV, 2, 109. Oth. IV, 2, 109 Ant. I, 2, 145. II, 7, 2. III, 2, 35. Per. I, 4, 71. Substantively: “she as far surpasseth Sycorax as greatest does l.” Tp. III, 2, 111. “in l. speak most,” Mids. V, 105. “that is the l. of my fear,” Gent. II, 7, 68. “at the l. of thy sweet notice,” LLL I, 1, 278 (Armado's letter). “I have spoke the l.” Tim. V, 2, 2. “what in the l. will you require in present dower with her?” Lr. I, 1, 194 (== at least). “I cannot think my sister in the l. would fail her obligation,” II, 4, 143 (in the smallest degree).
At l. == to say no more, at the lowest degree, so much certainly if not more than: Lucr. 1053. Sonn. 10, 12. Tp. I, 2, 240. II, 1, 126. V, 170. Meas. I, 2, 21. V, 299. Ado I, 3, 9. Shr. I, 2, 72. Shr. I, 2, 72 All's IV, 2, 31. Wint II, 3, 165. IV, 4, 366. V, 1, 154. John I, 69. V, 1, 75. R2 III, 3, 195. H4A III, 1, 156. H4B I, 3, 47. H6A I, 4, 73. II, 2, 9. H6C III, 1, 57. V, 1, 29. R3 V, 3, 37. H8 III, 2, 10. Mcb. V, 5, 52. Hml. I, 1, 80. Cymb. III, 4, 151. Per. I, 3, 21 etc.
At the l., in the same sense: Lucr. 1654. Sonn. 122, 5. Gent. IV, 2, 118. Wiv. II, 1, 11. IV, 6, 7. Ado I, 1, 150. LLL IV, 2, 9. Shr. IV, 1, 30. H6C III, 2, 113. IV, 7, 21. H8 I, 1, 81. Cor. II, 1, 34. Tit. V, 2, 79. Oth. III, 3, 364. Per. IV, 1, 46.
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