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Place, subst. 1) a portion of space occupied or to be occupied: “the most opportune p.” Tp. IV, 26. “makes this p. Paradise,” Tp. IV, 26 “never welcome to a p.” Gent. II, 5, 6. “hath appointed them contrary --s,” Wiv. II, 1, 217. “in other --s she enlargeth her mirth,” II, 2, 231. “though you change your p., you need not change your trade,” Meas. I, 2, 110. “peace be in this p.” I, 4, 6. “a novice of this p.” I, 4, 6 “had time cohered with p. or p. with wishing,” II, 1, 11. “at that p. call upon me,” III, 1, 278. “knows the p. where he abides,” V, 252. “that or any p. that harbours men,” Err. I, 1, 137. “in what safe p. you have bestowed my money,” I, 2, 78. “I'll meet you at that p.” III, 1, 122. “here's no p. for you maids,” Ado II, 1, 48. “thy own wish wish I thee in every p.” LLL II, 179. “to that p. the sharp Athenian law cannot pursue us,” Mids. I, 1, 162. “in that same p. will I meet with thee,” Mids. I, 1, 162 “if I be lapsed in this p.” Tw. III, 3, 36. “each circumstance of p., time,” V, 259. “the rector of the p.” All's IV, 3, 69. “a crooked figure may attest in little p. a million,” All's IV, 3, 69. “France were no p. for Henry's warriors,” H6A III, 3, 22. “Kent is termed the civillest p. of all this isle,” H6B IV, 7, 66. “it is p. which lessens and sets off,” Cymb. III, 3, 13 etc. etc. Synonymous to spot: “the cry remaineth in one p.” Ven. 885. “she falleth in the p. she stood,” Ven. 885 “burn in many --s,” Tp. I, 2, 199. “barren p. and fertile,” Tp. I, 2, 199 “that we quit this p.” II, 1, 322. “bring the rabble here to this p.” IV, 38. “here on this grass-plot, in this very p.” IV, 38 V, 100. “all that are assembled in this p.” Err. V, 396. “to meet me in this p. of the forest,” As III, 3, 45. “hurt him in eleven --s,” Tw. III, 2, 37. “conscience! O, 'tis a tender p.” H8 II, 2, 144 (cf. the German: ein wunder Fleck) etc. in p. == present: “here's one in p. I cannot pardon,” Meas. V, 504. “as firmly as yourself were still in p.” Shr. I, 2, 157. “she was there in p.” H6C IV, 1, 103. “choosing me when Clarence is in p.” IV, 6, 31. “an I had thee in p. where thou shouldst know it,” Shr. IV, 3, 151 (i. e. if I had thee present there where I should teach you to know it. M. Edd. unintelligibly, at least to us: an I had thee in p. where, thou etc.).
2) a portion of space as allotted or belonging to a particular person or thing: “she puts the period often from his p.” Lucr. 565. “why should my heart think that a several plot which my heart knows the wide world's common p.?” Sonn. 137, 10. “we'll borrow p. of him,” Meas. V, 367. “what worser p. can I beg in your love than to be used as you use your dog?” Mids. II, 1, 208. “to hold a rival p. with one of them,” Merch. I, 1, 174. “bars me the p. of a brother,” As I, 1, 20. “in his brain he hath strange --s crammed with observation,” II, 7, 40. “you shall supply the bridegroom's p.” Shr. III, 2, 251. “I fill a p.” All's I, 2, 69. “my true p. in your favour,” Tw. V, 126. “standing in rich p.” Wint. I, 2, 7; cf. Wint. I, 2, 7. “might have known my p.” Tim. III, 3, 14; cf. Tw. II, 5, 60 etc. in one's p. == in one's stead: Meas. III, 1, 261. Err. III, 1, 46. Merch. III, 4, 39. H6A I, 2, 61. IV, 3, 25. H8 III, 2, 394. Tit. IV, 2, 159. Caes. III, 2, 116. upon his p. == in his p. Meas. I, 4, 55. to keep p. together == to be in accordance: “they do no more adhere and keep p. together than the Hundredth Psalm to the tune of Green Sleeves,” Wiv. II, 1, 63; cf. “keeps p. with thought,” Troil. III, 3, 199. to take one's p. == to sit down, or to take one's stand: Mids. V, 84. Merch. IV, 1, 170. H6A II, 1, 1. H6B III, 2, 19. Tit. V, 3, 24. Lr. III, 6, 38. “take p. by us,” H8 I, 2, 10 (== sit down at our side). to take p. == to come to pass: H8 III, 2, 34.
3) station in life, position in society: “authentic in your p. and person,” Wiv. II, 2, 236. Tw. II, 5, 60. “a man of his p., gravity and learning, so wide of his own respect,” III, 1, 57. “whose own great p.” Meas. II, 4, 92. “many fools that stand in better p.” Merch. III, 5, 73. “who were below him he used as creatures of another p.” All's I, 2, 42 (== of another sphere). “from lowest p. when virtuous things proceed,” II, 3, 132. “a creature of thy p.” Wint. II, 1, 83. “thy --s shall still neighbour mine,” I, 2, 448. “when yet you were in p. and in account nothing so strong and fortunate as I,” H4A V, 1, 37. “a woman of less p.” H8 II, 2, 112. “poison which attends in p. of greater state,” Cymb. III, 3, 78 etc. etc. Peculiar expression: “these fixed evils sit so fit in him, that they take p., when virtue's steely bones look bleak i' the cold wind,” All's I, 1, 114 (== that they are received as equals in high society).
Hence == office, official station: Gent. I, 2, 45. Meas. I, 1, 79. I, 2, 167. I, 3, 13. II, 1, 273. II, 2, 13. II, 4, 12. II, 4, 12 IV, 1, 60. V, 294. V, 294 Ado IV, 2, 76. H4A III, 2, 32. H4B IV, 2, 23. V, 2, 77. H5 IV, 1, 263. IV, 3, 78. H6B I, 3, 124. H8 I, 1, 161. V, 3, 40. Troil. II, 3, 89. III, 3, 82. Cor. II, 1, 165. II, 3, 255. Lr. III, 6, 58 “(corruption in the p.).” Ant. III, 1, 18 etc.
4) seat, residence, mansion: “love lacked a dwelling and made him her p.” Compl. 82. “this is no p.; this house is but a butchery,” As II, 3, 27. in our native p. (== home) Troil. II, 2, 96. “due reference of p. and exhibition,” Oth. I, 3, 238. cf. Crosby p., Eltham p. == Crosby house etc. did Julius Caesar build that p. (the Tower)? R3 III, 1, 69.
5) room, way, space afforded; with the verb to give: “bids Lucretius give his sorrow p.” Lucr. 1773. “my sick Muse doth give another p.” Sonn. 79, 4. “nor gives to necessary wrinkles p.” 108, 11. “all vows and consecrations giving p.” Compl. 263. “the unexperient gave the tempter p.” Compl. 263 “most rude melancholy, valour gives thee p.” LLL III, 69. “give us the p. alone,” Tw. I, 5, 235 (== leave us alone). let all the rest give p. (== withdraw) II, 4, 82. “my love can give no p., bide no denay,” II, 4, 82 “fellow, give p., here is no longer stay,” R2 V, 5, 95. will it (the fever) “give p. to flexure?” H5 IV, 1, 272. “give p.; by heaven, thou shalt rule no more,” H6B V, 1, 104. “sirrah, give p.” Caes. III, 1, 10. “if you give p. to accidental evils,” IV, 3, 146. “good reasons must give p. to better,” IV, 3, 146
6) pitch, the highest elevation of the hawk: “a falcon towering in her pride of p.” Mcb. II, 4, 12.
7) Periphrastically: “thy black is fairest in my judgment's p.” Sonn. 131, 12. “bears his head in such a rein, in full as proud a p. as broad Achilles,” Troil. I, 3, 189. “to attain in suit the p. of's bed,” Cymb. V, 5, 185. Peculiar passages: “yond's that same knave that leads him to these --s,” All's III, 5, 86. “have you forgot all p. of sense and duty?” Oth. II, 3, 167 (M. Edd. sense of p.).
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