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Ply, 1) to urge, to importune, to press hard: “he --es the duke at morning and at night,” Merch. III, 2, 279. “p. her hard,” As III, 5, 76. H6C III, 2, 50. “canst thou not guess wherefore she --es thee thus?” Tit. IV, 1, 15. “--es Desdemona to repair his fortunes,” Oth. II, 3, 360. IV, 1, 107. “he --ed them both with excellent praises,” Ant. III, 2, 14.
2) to apply to, to practise: “p. his book,” Shr. I, 1, 201. “go p. thy needle,” II, 25. “I must p. my theme,” Tit. V, 2, 80. “let him p. his music,” Hml. II, 1, 73.
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