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Phrase, subst. 1) an expression, a term: Wiv. I, 1, 151. I, 3, 33. II, 1, 13. II, 2, 28. Meas. V, 90. LLL I, 1, 166. V, 2, 406. All's IV, 3, 162. Tw. II, 5, 102. H4B III, 2, 76. H4B III, 2, 76 H4B III, 2, 76 82 (not understood by Bardolph). H5 IV, 7, 19. Troil. III, 1, 45. Rom. I, 4, 37. Hml. I, 3, 108. I, 4, 19. I, 5, 175. II, 1, 47. II, 2, 111. II, 2, 111 V, 2, 165.
2) style, manner of language: “precious p. by all the Muses filed,” Sonn. 85, 4. “write from it in hand or p.” Tw. V, 340. “this they con perfectly in the p. of war,” H5 III, 6, 79. “no sallets in the lines to make the matter savoury, nor no matter in the p. that might indict the author of affectation,” Hml. II, 2, 463. “whose p. of sorrow conjures the wandering stars,” V, 1, 278. “thou speakest in better p. and matter,” Lr. IV, 6, 8. “little blessed with the soft p. of peace,” Oth. I, 3, 82. “rail thou in Fulvia's p.” Ant. I, 2, 111.
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