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Like, subst. 1) used of persons, == equal: “thy l. ne'er was,” Pilgr. 294. “that noble minds keep ever with their --s,” Caes. I, 2, 315. “I shall not look upon his l. again,” Hml. I, 2, 188. “to seek for one his l.” Cymb. I, 1, 21. “there never came her l. in Mytilene,” Per. IV, 6, 31.
2) a thing of the same quality or worth: “l. doth quit l.” Meas. V, 416. “to join like --s, and kiss like native things,” All's I, 1, 238. the l. == 1) things of that kind: “did you ever hear the l.?” Wiv. II, 1, 70. “for the encouragement of the l.” Meas. I, 2, 193. “who ever saw the l.?” H6A I, 2, 22. “'tis wondrous strange, the l. yet never heard of,” H6C II, 1, 33. 2) the same: “if the l. the snow-white swan desire,” Lucr. 1011. “do you the l.” Tp. II, 1, 295. “I must minister the l. to you,” Gent. II, 4, 150. “I do desire the l.” Meas. IV, 1, 52. Ado V, 1, 31. As I, 3, 115. Tw. I, 2, 21. H6A II, 3, 38. II, 5, 50. IV, 5, 50. H6C II, 4, 10. R3 II, 1, 11. Troil. IV, 6, 50. Tit. IV, 1, 111. Ant. V, 2, 353 etc.
3) a similar thing, that which resembles: “that every l. is not the same,” Caes. II, 2, 128. With had, it denotes probability, or a narrow escape: “we had l. to have had our two noses snapped off,” Ado V, 1, 115. “I have had four quarrels, and l. to have fought one,” As V, 4, 48. your worship had l. to have given us one (viz lie) Wint. IV, 4, 750.
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