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Over or O'er, adv. 1) from one side to the other, especially from one shore to the other: “I'll send those powers o'er to your majesty,” John III, 3, 70. “I'll over then to England,” H6A V, 3, 167. H6B I, 1, 60. H6C III, 3, 224. H6C III, 3, 224 Lr. III, 6, 30 etc. In Wint. IV, 4, 668 read: that you may (for I do fear eyes) over to shipboard get undescried.
2) from one person to another: “see him delivered o'er,” LLL I, 1, 307. “I put you o'er to heaven and to my mother,” John I, 62. “dost thou now fall over to my foes?” III, 1, 127. to give over see sub Give.
3) from beginning to end: “I must each day say o'er the very same,” Sonn. 108, 6. “read it over,” Gent. II, 1, 136. V, 4, 46. Ado II, 3, 143. LLL IV, 3, 195. R2 IV, 243. H4B III, 1, 36. H6B IV, 4, 14. R3 III, 6, 3. H8 III, 2, 201. Troil. IV, 5, 239. Rom. I, 3, 81. “I'll fight their legions o'er,” Tp. III, 3, 103 (from the first to the last). “he did show me the way twice o'er,” Meas. IV, 1, 41. Cymb. IV, 2, 392. “all the story of the night told over,” Mids. V, 23. Cor. I, 9, 1. Tit. III, 2, 27. Oth. IV, 1, 117. “I have heard it over, and it is nothing,” Mids. V, 77. “we turned o'er many books together,” Merch. IV, 1, 156. “we'll whisper o'er a couplet or two of most sage saws,” Tw. III, 4, 412. “he sings 'em over,” Wint. IV, 4, 209. “perusing o'er these notes,” John V, 2, 5. “to write it over,” R3 III, 6, 5. “give me your hands all over, one by one,” Caes. II, 1, 112. “shall this our lofty scene be acted over,” III, 1, 112.
Hence almost == again, once more, (cf. above: Sonn. 108, 6): “I will cry it o'er again,” Tp. I, 2, 134. “and laugh this sport o'er at a country fire,” Wiv. V, 5, 256. “which I had rather seal with my death than repeat over to my shame,” Ado V, 1, 248. “I can but say their protestation over,” LLL I, 1, 33. “I will have that subject newly writ o'er,” I, 2, 120. “but saying o'er what I have said before,” Rom. I, 2, 7. “and shall make your lord that which he is new o'er,” Cymb. I, 6, 165. over and over == again and again: “fold it over and over, 'tis threefold too little,” Gent. I, 1, 115. “I ha' told them over and over,” Wiv. III, 3, 18. “o'er and o'er divides him 'twixt his unkindness and his kindness,” Wint. IV, 4, 562.
And == fully, completely; after numerical words: “which to do trebles thee o'er,” Tp. II, 1, 221. “to pay the petty debt twenty times over,” Merch. III, 2, 309. IV, 1, 211. “the fanned snow that's bolted by the northern blasts twice o'er,” Wint. IV, 4, 376. “barbered ten times o'er,” Ant. II, 2, 229. over and over == throughout: “they were never so truly turned over and over as my poor self in love,” Ado V, 2, 35. “I'll kill thee everywhere, yea, o'er and o'er,” Troil. IV, 5, 256.
4) on the surface, so as to cover it: “the desk that's covered o'er with Turkish tapestry,” Err. IV, 1, 104. “they are often tarred over with the surgery of our sheep,” As III, 2, 63. “strew me over with maiden flowers,” H8 IV, 2, 168. “boils and plagues plaster you o'er,” Cor. I, 4, 32. “our Italy shines o'er with civil swords,” Ant. I, 3, 45. Preceded by all or “quite:” Sonn. 12, 4. Tp. I, 2, 324. Err. III, 2, 137. John V, 2, 53. Troil. II, 1, 3. Tim. III, 6, 109. “over and over:” Wint. IV, 4, 129.
5) past, by, beyond: “his guilt should be but idly posted over,” H6B III, 1, 255. “so minutes, hours, days . . . passed over to the end they were created,” H6C II, 5, 39. “you have shot over,” H5 III, 7, 133. Hence == besides: “and something over to remember me by,” H8 IV, 2, 151. “over and above:” Merch. IV, 1, 413.
6) over and over == tumbling head over heels, making a summerset in falling: “here o'er and o'er one falls,” Mids. III, 2, 25. “and over and over he comes, and up again,” Cor. I, 3, 68.
7) Peculiar passage: “swear his thought over by each particular star,” Wint. I, 2, 424 (== bear down, unsettle by swearing). to fight o. in Tp. III, 3, 103 == to out-fight?
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