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Press, vb. 1) trans. a) to act on by weight, to be heavy on: “now --ed with bearing,” Ven. 430. “he with her plenty --ed,” Ven. 430 “with half that wish the wisher's eyes be --ed,” Mids. II, 2, 65. “while thou on --ed flowers doest sleep,” III, 1, 162. “on his --ed bed lolling,” Troil. I, 3, 162. (Ff “prest-bed). p. one heavy bier,” Rom. III, 2, 60. “the hag that --es them,” I, 4, 93. “Tarquin thus did softly p. the rushes,” Cymb. II, 2, 13. “her breast, worthy the --ing,” II, 4, 135. Allusions to an ancient kind of torture (peine forte et dure): “--ing to death,” Meas. V, 528. “she would p. me to death with wit,” Ado III, 1, 76. “I am --ed to death through want of speaking,” R2 III, 4, 72. p. it (the bed) “to death,” Troil. III, 2, 217. Metaphorically: “do not p. my tonguetied patience with too much disdain,” Sonn. 140, 1. “griefs of mine own lie heavy in my breast, which thou wilt propagate, to have it --ed with more of thine,” Rom. I, 1, 193. “as if it --ed her breast,” Lr. IV, 3, 28. “I have this while with leaden thoughts been --ed,” Oth. III, 4, 177. With down: “a pack of sorrows which would p. you down . . . to your timeless grave,” Gent. III, 1, 20. “I am --ed down with conceit,” Err. IV, 2, 65. “enow to p. a royal merchant down,” Merch. IV, 1, 29.
b) to urge, to ply hard, to constrain: “why should he stay, whom love doth p. to go?” Mids. III, 2, 184. “you p. me far, and therefore I will yield,” Merch. IV, 1, 425. “p. me not, beseech you,” Wint. I, 2, 19. “p. not a falling man too far,” H8 III, 2, 333. With from, == to drive from, to keep from: “what love could p. Lysander from my side?” Mids. III, 2, 185. “that humour that --s him from sleep,” Wint. II, 3, 39.
c) to force into military service: R2 III, 2, 58. H4A IV, 2, 16. H4A IV, 2, 16 H4A IV, 2, 16 H6C II, 5, 64 “(forth).” H6C II, 5, 64 Cor. I, 2, 9. III, 1, 122.
2) intr. a) to crowd, to throng: “no humble suitors p. to speak for right,” H6C III, 1, 19. “many mazed considerings did throng and --ed in with this caution,” H8 II, 4, 186. “it --es to my memory, like damned guilty deeds to sinners' minds,” Rom. III, 2, 110. “great men shall p. for tinctures,” Caes. II, 2, 88. “what suitors p. to him,” II, 4, 15. “p. near and second him,” III, 1, 29. “p. not so upon me,” III, 2, 171.
b) to urge forward with force or importunity, to strain and strive eagerly: “unless thy lady prove unjust, p. never thou to choose anew,” Pilgr. 332. “to p. with so little preparation upon you,” Wiv. II, 2, 162. “I p. in here amongst the rest,” As V, 4, 57. “flamens do p. among the throngs,” Cor. II, 1, 230. “to p. to heaven in my young days,” Tit. IV, 3, 90. “to p. before thy father to a grave,” Rom. V, 3, 215.
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