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Pass, subst. 1) the act of going from one place to another, passage: “charming the narrow seas to give you gentle p.” H5 II Chor. H5 II Chor. “to give quiet p. through your dominions,” Hml. II, 2, 77.
2) permission or right of going, license: “when evil deeds have their permissive p. and not the punishment,” Meas. I, 3, 38.
3) currency, estimation: “common speech gives him a worthy p.” All's II, 5, 58.
4) act, proceeding, course: “your grace, like power divine, hath looked upon my --es,” Meas. V, 375. Perhaps also in Sonn. 103, 11: to no other p. my verses tend than of your graces and your gifts to tell.
5) a narrow passage, a defile: “the strait p. was dammed with dead men hurt behind,” Cymb. V, 3, 11.
6) an embarrassing situation, predicament, extremity: “being at that p., you would keep from my heels,” Err. III, 1, 17. “till I be brought to such a silly p.” Shr. V, 2, 124. “have his daughters brought him to this p.?” Lr. III, 4, 65.
7) As a term of fencing, a) a push, a thrust at the adversary: “'tis dangerous when the baser nature comes between the p. and fell incensed points of mighty opposites,” Hml. V, 2, 61. b) a course of fencing, till one of the combatants is hit: “in these times you stand on distance, your --es, stoccadoes,” Wiv. II, 1, 233. “I had a p. with him,” Tw. III, 4, 302. “in a dozen --es between yourself and him,” Hml. V, 2, 173.
Figuratively: “an excellent p. of pate,” Tp. IV, 244 (a sally of wit). “and in a p. of practice requite him for your father,” Hml. IV, 7, 139.
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