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Snuff, subst. 1) the burning wick of a candle, as darkening the flame or remaining after it: “there lives within the very flame of love a kind of wick or s. that will abate it,” Hml. IV, 7, 116. “to hide me from the radiant sun and solace i' the dungeon by a s.” Cymb. I, 6, 87. Denoting, metaphorically, weak and spiritless old age: “my s. and loathed part of nature should burn itself out,” Lr. IV, 6, 39. “let me not live, after my flame lacks oil, to be the s. of younger spirits,” All's I, 2, 59 (i. e. to be called a snuff by younger spirits). Quibbling in LLL V, 2, 22 and Mids. V, 254.
2) a huff expressed by a snuffing of the nose, resentment, offence-taking: “what hath been seen, either in --s and packings of the dukes,” Lr. III, 1, 26.* to be in s., and to take it in s. == to take offence: “it is already in s.” Mids. V, 254. “you'll mar the light by taking it in s.” LLL V, 2, 22. who (the nose) “therewith angry . . . took it in s.” H4A I, 3, 41.
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