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Pledge, subst. 1) a pawn, a gage: “there is my p.” H6A IV, 1, 120. “this jewel, p. of my affection,” V, 1, 47. “what p. have we of thy firm loyalty?” H6C III, 3, 239. “now the p.” Troil. V, 2, 65. Troil. V, 2, 65 “there is my p.” Lr. V, 3, 94. “that recognizance and p. of love,” Oth. V, 2, 214.
2) surety, bail: “I am Grumio's p.” Shr. I, 2, 45. “I am in parliament p. for his truth,” R2 V, 2, 44. “all my sons, as --s of my fealty,” H6B V, 1, 50. “he leaves his --s dearer than his life,” Tit. III, 1, 292. “bid him demand what p. will please him best,” IV, 4, 106. “let the emperor give his --s,” V, 1, 163.
3) a drinking to the health of another: “my heart is thirsty for that noble p.” Caes. IV, 3, 160. “our duties, and the p.” Mcb. III, 4, 92. “bray out the triumph of his p.” Hml. I, 4, 12.
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