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Mock-water, "a jocular term of reproach used by the Host, in Wiv. II, 3, 60, to the French Doctor Caius. Considering the profession of the doctor, and the coarseness of the host, there can be no doubt, I think, that he means to allude to the mockery of judging of diseases by the water or urine, which was the practice of all doctors, regular and irregular, at that time, and the subject of much, not ill-placed, jocularity. Mock-water must mean, therefore, 'you pretending water-doctor.' A very few speeches before the same speaker calls Dr. Caius King Urinal, and, twice in the following scene, Sir Hugh threatens to knock his urinals about his costard." Nares.