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Private, subst. 1) privacy, retirement: “let me enjoy my p.” Tw. III, 4, 100. “I shall be sent for in p. to him,” H4B V, 5, 83 (when he is alone; though he may think fit to disavow me in public). “we are too open here to argue this; let's think in p. more,” H8 II, 1, 169. in p. == the French “entre quatre yeux (unter vier Augen):” Err. V, 60. Ado III, 2, 86. LLL V, 2, 229. LLL V, 2, 229 LLL V, 2, 229 H6A I, 2, 69. H8 II, 4, 206. Cor. II, 3, 84. Cor. II, 3, 84 V, 3, 93. Lr. III, 4, 165. Oth. IV, 1, 2. Cymb. V, 5, 115.
2) personal, not official, communication: “whose p. with me of the Dauphin's love is much more general than these lines import,” John IV, 3, 16.
3) one not invested with a public office: “what have kings, that --s have not too?” H5 IV, 1, 255.
4) a common soldier: her (Fortune's) “--s we,” Hml. II, 2, 238 (purposely misunderstood by Hamlet).
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