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Post, subst. 1) a piece of timber set upright: Ado II, 1, 207 (quibbling). As IV, 1, 9. H5 III, 2, 44. H6A I, 4, 52. Used to keep the score by chalk or notches: “I shall be p. indeed, for she will score your fault upon my pate,” Err. I, 2, 64 (quibbling). And to fix proclamations on: “myself on every p. proclaimed a strumpet,” Wint. III, 2, 102. “he'll stand at your door like a sheriff's p.” Tw. I, 5, 157 (cf. Sheriff).
2) a messenger: Lucr. 926. Lucr. 926 Tp. II, 1, 248. Merch. II, 9, 100. V, 46 (with a horn). Tw. I, 5, 303. Wint. II, 3, 193. R2 II, 2, 103. H4A I, 1, 37. H4B Ind. H4A I, 1, 37 I, 1, 214. II, 4, 385. H6B I, 4, 81. H6C II, 1, 109. III, 3, 162. V, 1, 1. V, 1, 1 H8 V, 2, 32. Cor. V, 6, 50. Tit. IV, 3, 77. Mcb. I, 3, 98. Lr. II, 4, 30. III, 7, 11. IV, 6, 281. Ant. I, 5, 61. Gent. I, 1, 161.
3) a post-horse, relay-horse: “I have foundered nine score and odd --s,” H4B IV, 3, 40. “and presently took p. to tell you,” Rom. V, 1, 21.
4) in p. == in haste: Err. I, 2, 63. Wint. II, 1, 182. R2 II, 1, 296. H6C III, 3, 222. Rom. V, 3, 273. “all in p.” Lucr. 1. H6C V, 5, 84. “in all p.” R3 III, 5, 73. “in such p.” H6C I, 2, 48.
P. alone, adverbially, in the same sense: All's IV, 5, 85. R2 V, 2, 112. H4B II, 4, 408. Per. IV Prol. 48.
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