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Overture, 1) disclosure, communication: “I wish you had only in your silent judgement tried it, without more o.” Wint. II, 1, 172. “it was he that made the o. of thy treasons to us,” Lr. III, 7, 89.
2) proposal, offer: “I hear there is an o. of peace,” All's IV, 3, 46. “I could not answer in that course of honour as she had made the o.” V, 3, 99. “I bring no o. of war,” Tw. I, 5, 225. Obscure passage: “when steel grows soft as the parasite's silk, let him be made an o. for the wars,” Cor. I, 9, 46 (most M. Edd. coverture, some ovation, others nurture, without making the sense plainer).
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