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Rush, subst. a plant of the genus Juncus; used, before the introduction of carpets, to strow the floors of apartments: “he takes it from the --es where it lies,” Lucr. 318. “--es strewed,” Shr. IV, 1, 48. “on the wanton --es lay you down,” H4A III, 1, 214. “more --es,” H4B V, 5, 1 (to be scattered on the pavement for the procession of the king). “tickle the senseless --es with their heels,” Rom. I, 4, 36. “our Tarquin thus did softly press the --es,” Cymb. II, 2, 13. Used to make rings as provisional emblems of marriage: “as fit as Tib's r. for Tom's forefinger,” All's II, 2, 24. Proverbial for a trifle: “a r., a hair, a drop of blood, a pin,” Err. IV, 3, 73. “spurns the r. that lies before him,” Ant. III, 5, 18. Symbol of weakness and inefficiency: in which cage of --es (love) “I am sure you are not prisoner,” As III, 2, 389. “lean but upon a r., the cicatrice thy palm some moment keeps,” III, 5, 22. “a r. will be a beam to hang thee on,” John IV, 3, 129. “hews down oaks with --es,” Cor. I, 1, 185. “our gates we have but pinned with --es,” I, 4, 18. “man but a r. against Othello's breast, and he retires,” Oth. V, 2, 270 (cf. Straw).
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