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Occupation, 1) employment, business, work: “no o.; all men idle, all,” Tp. II, 1, 154. “Othello's o. is gone,” Oth. III, 3, 357.
2) trade, profession: “do you call your o. a mystery?” Meas. IV, 2, 35. Meas. IV, 2, 35 Meas. IV, 2, 35 “'tis my o.” Wint. IV, 4, 302. “'tis my o. to be plain,” Lr. II, 2, 98. “that thou couldst see my wars to-day and knewest the royal o.!” Ant. IV, 4, 17. Used in contempt: “the red pestilence strike all trades in Rome, and --s perish!” Cor. IV, 1, 14. “you that stood so much upon the voice of o. and the breath of garlic-eaters,” IV, 6, 97 (== low mechanics). “an I had been a man of any o., if I would not have taken him at a word, I would I might go to hell among the rogues,” Caes. I, 2, 269.
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