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Pierce (rhyming to rehearse in R2 V, 3, 127, and used in playing on the words person and “Percy:” LLL IV, 2, 86. H4A V, 3, 59) 1) to penetrate, to force a way into, to thrust into with a pointed instrument: “that the dribbling dart of love can p. a complete bosom,” Meas. I, 3, 3. “the princess --d a pricket,” LLL IV, 2, 58. Mids. II, 1, 160. III, 2, 59. R2 I, 1, 171. H4A V, 3, 59. H6C II, 1, 203. Cor. V, 4, 21. Tit. IV, 3, 12. Lr. IV, 6, 171. Ant. II, 5, 12. Absol.: “the air that sings with --ing,” All's III, 2, 114 (when pierced by bullets). “a thorn sharp and --ing,” H6A II, 4, 70. H6C I, 4, 41. Rom. III, 1, 164. Caes. V, 3, 76.
2) to broach: “an if one should be --d, which is the one? He that is likest to a hogshead,” LLL IV, 2, 86 (O. Edd. perst).
3) to penetrate, to enter in any manner; trans.: “a closet never --d with crystal eyes,” Sonn. 46, 6. “with sweetest touches p. your mistress' ear,” Merch. V, 67. “in high and boastful neighs --ing the night's dull ear,” H5 IV Chor. H5 IV Chor. “can curses p. the clouds and enter heaven?” R3 I, 3, 195. that the appalled air may p. the head (== the ear) “of the great combatant,” Troil. IV, 5, 5. “there is Aufidius, --ing our Romans,” Cor. I, 5, 12 (breaking through). “the din of war gan p. his ready sense,” II, 2, 119. “it was the nightingale that --d the fearful hollow of thine ear,” Rom. III, 5, 3. “whose proof nor yells of mothers nor sight of priests shall p.” Tim. IV, 3, 126. “the woundings of a father's curse p. every sense about thee,” Lr. I, 4, 323. “that the bruised heart was --d through the ear,” Oth. I, 3, 219. “whose solid virtue the shot of accident could neither graze nor p.” IV, 1, 279. Absol.: “brand not my forehead with thy --ing light,” Lucr. 1091. “ambition cannot p. a wink beyond,” Tp. II, 1, 242. “thus most invectively he --th through the body of the country,” As II, 1, 58. “eyes as --ing as the midday sun, to search the secret treasons of the world,” H6C V, 2, 17. “let some graver eye p. into that,” H8 I, 1, 68. “it shall as level to your judgment p. as day does to your eye,” Hml. IV, 5, 151 (Qq pear). “how far your eyes may p. I cannot tell,” Lr. I, 4, 368. “the air is quick, and it --s and sharpens the stomach,” Per. IV, 1, 29.
4) to affect, to touch, to move deeply; trans.: “plain words best p. the ear of grief,” LLL V, 2, 763. “can no prayers p. thee?” Merch. IV, 1, 126. “whose loss hath --d him deep,” Tit. IV, 4, 31. “did your letters p. the queen to any demonstration of grief?” Lr. IV, 3, 11. “it --d me thorough,” Per. IV, 3, 35. Absol.: prayer, which --s so that it assaults mercy itself, Tp. Epil. Per. IV, 3, 35 “she uttereth --ing eloquence,” Shr. II, 177. “as it is now --ing to my soul,” Wint. V, 3, 34. “hearing how our plaints and prayers do p.” R2 V, 3, 127. “her tears will p. into a marble heart,” H6C III, 1, 38. thy woes will make them (thy words) “p. like mine,” R3 IV, 4, 125. “provide more --ing statutes daily, to chain up and restrain the poor,” Cor. I, 1, 86 (mortifying, revolting the feelings? or == sweeping; entering and affecting all the interests of the people?).
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