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Runaway, 1) one that runs away or flies: “thou r., thou coward, art thou fled?” Mids. III, 2, 405. “the close night doth play the r.” Merch. II, 6, 47 (will quickly pass). “to bring again these foolish --s,” As II, 2, 21. “we are most lofty --s,” H5 III, 5, 35.
2) one who runs a-ways, i. e. in the ways, one who roves and rambles about, a vagabond: “a sort of vagabonds, rascals and --s,” R3 V, 3, 316. “spread thy close curtain, love-performing night, that runaways' eyes may wink, and Romeo leap to these arms, untalked of and unseen,” Rom. III, 2, 6 (eavesdroppers rambling about the streets at night, to spy out the doings of others).*
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