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Pitch, vb. 1) to throw, to thrust: “p. me i' the mire,” Tp. II, 2, 5. p. and pay == pay down at once, pay ready money: “the word is P. and pay,” H5 II, 3, 51 (Pistol's speech. Perhaps == throw down your money and pay; or derived from the custom of pitching goods at markets).
2) to plant, to set: “shall we desire to raze the sanctuary and p. our evils there?” Meas. II, 2, 172. “they have --ed a toil,” LLL IV, 3, 2. “here p. our tents,” R3 V, 3, 1. “the Greeks do p. their brave pavilions,” R3 V, 3, 1. V, 10, 24 (Ff pight). “sharp stakes they --ed in the ground,” H6A I, 1, 118. From the custom of planting sharp stakes in the ground against the hostile horse came the signification of marshalling, arranging in a military sense: “a --ed battle,” Shr. I, 2, 206. H6C IV, 4, 4. “here p. our battle,” V, 4, 66. “the very parings of our nails shall p. a field,” H6A III, 1, 103. “all the land thou hast lie in a --ed field,” Tim. I, 2, 231. “on either hand thee there are squadrons --ed,” H6A IV, 2, 23.
3) to fix: “whose vulture thought doth p. the price so high,” Ven. 551 (or == raise? cf. High-pitched).
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