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Minion, 1) favourite, darling: Sonn. 126, 9. Tp. IV, 98. Tw. V, 128. John II, 392. H4A I, 1, 83. I, 2, 30. Mcb. I, 2, 19. Cymb. II, 3, 46.
2) one generally loved and flattered: “is this the Athenian m., whom the world voiced so regardfully?” Tim. IV, 3, 80. “Duncan's horses, the --s of their race,” Mcb. II, 4, 15 (the pearls of their race; cf. darling in Oth. I, 2, 68).
3) Used with some contempt, a) of persons in whose company another finds pleasure: “his company must do his --s grace,” Err. II, 1, 87. “she vaunted 'mongst her --s t'other day,” H6B I, 3, 87. “go, rate thy --s, proud insulting boy,” H6C II, 2, 84. Perhaps also in Tp. IV, 98 and Cymb. II, 3, 46.
b) == a pert and saucy person (originally a spoiled favourite): “how now, m.!” Gent. I, 2, 88. “you, m., are too saucy,” Gent. I, 2, 88 “do you hear, you m.?” Err. III, 1, 54. “you'll cry for this, m.” Err. III, 1, 54 “you m. you, are these your customers?” IV, 4, 63. “m., thou liest,” Shr. II, 13. “give me my fan: what, m., can you not?” H6B I, 3, 141. “this m. stood upon her chastity,” Tit. II, 3, 124. “mistress m. you, thank me no thankings,” Rom. III, 5, 152. “m., your dear lies dead,” Oth. V, 1, 33.
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