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So, 1) in such a degree; joined to verbs as well as to adjectives and adverbs: “being so enraged,” Ven. 29. “though mine be not so fair,” Ven. 29 “is love so light,” Ven. 29 “young and so unkind,” Ven. 29 “a tomb so simple,” Ven. 29 “blessed bankrupt, that by love so thriveth,” Ven. 29 “for having so offended,” Ven. 29 “give thanks you have lived so long,” Tp. I, 1, 27. 2, 29. 2, 29 2, 29 2, 29 2, 29 2, 29 2, 29 2, 29 Gent. II, 1, 38. “I'll venture so much of my hawk,” Shr. V, 2, 72. As I, 3, 53. H6B IV, 1, 17. Mcb. I, 7, 51. “so out of hope,” Tp. III, 3, 11. “so out of love with life,” Meas. III, 1, 174. “he is so above me,” All's I, 1, 98. “Ceres' blessing so is on you,” Tp. IV, 117. “so I charmed their ears that calf-like they my lowing followed,” Tp. IV, 117 prayer which pierces so that it assaults mercy itself, Epil. Tp. IV, 117 “she that you gaze on so,” Gent. II, 1, 46. “hath so humbled me as I confess there is no woe to his correction,” II, 4, 137. “chafed him so . . . that . . .,” III, 1, 233. “if so your heart were touched as mine is,” Meas. II, 2, 54. “my place . . . will so your accusation overweigh, that you shall stifle . . .,” II, 4, 157. “doth he so seek his life?” I, 4, 72. “hast thou so cracked my tongue that here my son knows not my feeble key,” Err. V, 308 etc. etc. Before an adj. followed by the ind. art.: “so hard a mind,” Ven. 203. “on so proud a back,” Ven. 203 “so white a friend,” Ven. 203 “so brave a lass,” Tp. III, 2, 111. “so high a servant,” Gent. II, 4, 106. so great a favour, 161 etc. etc. The article omitted: “in so profound abysm I throw all care,” Sonn. 112, 9. “with so full soul,” Tp. III, 1, 44. “of so quick condition,” Meas. I, 1, 54. “call him to so strict account,” H4A III, 2, 149. “of so floodgate and o'erbearing nature,” Oth. I, 3, 56.
Followed (without as) by an infinitive denoting the effect: “that is so proud thy service to despise,” Sonn. 149, 10 (== as thy service to despise; proud enough to despise thy service). “you must be so good to rise,” Meas. IV, 3, 29. “that thou art so fond to come abroad with him,” Merch. III, 3, 9. “no woman's heart so big to hold so much,” Tw. II, 4, 99. “he would have been so brief with you to shorten you,” R2 III, 3, 12. “shall I so much dishonour my fair stars, on equal terms to give him chastisement,” IV, 21. “I wonder he is so fond to trust the mockery of unquiet slumbers,” R3 III, 2, 26. “I would thou wert so happy by thy stay, to hear true shrift,” Rom. I, 1, 164. “this alliance may so happy prove, to turn your households' rancour to pure love,” II, 3, 91. “I'll make so bold to call,” Mcb. II, 3, 56. As for to: “I'll be so bold as stay,” Wiv. IV, 5, 13 (Simple's speech). “can you so stead me as bring me to the sight of Isabella,” Meas. I, 4, 17. “will you be so good as eat it,” H5 V, 1, 31 (Fluellen's speech). Omitted: Caes. III, 1, 39.
Followed by a relative: “no perfection is so absolute, that some impurity doth not pollute,” Lucr. 853. “a witch, and one so strong that could control the moon,” Tp. V, 269. “sail so expeditious that shall catch your royal fleet,” Tp. V, 269 “who's so gross that sees not this palpable device?” R3 III, 6, 10. “who so firm that cannot be seduced?” Caes. I, 2, 316. III, 2, 31. “ajealousy so strong that judgement cannot cure,” Oth. II, 1, 310. “the search so slow that could not trace them,” Cymb. I, 1, 64. Hence almost == ever so, however, by the omission of the relative in negative and interrogative sentences: “what king so strong can tie the gall up in the slanderous tongue?” Meas. III, 2, 198. “none so dry or thirsty will deign to sip,” Shr. V, 2, 144. “no cataplasm so rare can save the thing from death,” Hml. IV, 7, 144.
2) in the same degree; as: “so soon was she along as he was down,” Ven. 43. “Spurio, a hundred and fifty; Sebastian, so many,” All's IV, 3, 184. “to speak so much more French,” H5 V, 2, 196. “which sixteen winters cannot blow away, so many summers dry,” Wint. V, 3, 51. “as my love is sized, my fear is so,” Hml. III, 2, 180. “all of her that is out of door most rich! if she be furnished with a mind so rare,” Cymb. I, 6, 16. so long as, so much as, so soon as etc. == as long as etc.: “so long as men can breathe or eyes can see,” Sonn. 18, 13. “so long as youth and thou are of one date,” 22, 2. “so oft as thou wilt look,” 77, 13. “so long as brain and heart have faculty to subsist,” 122, 5. “had women been so strong as men,” Pilgr. 321. “so glad of this as they I cannot be,” Tp. III, 1, 92. “was there ever man a coward that hath drunk so much sack as I,” III, 2, 31. “so soon as I came beyond Eton, they threw me off,” Wiv. IV, 5, 67. “just so much as you may take upon a knife's point,” Ado II, 3, 263. “if the truth of thy love were so righteously tempered as mine,” As I, 2, 14. “so near our public court as twenty miles,” I, 3, 46. “he shall need none, so long as I live,” Shr. V, 1, 25. “twenty times so much,” V, 2, 73. “so long as I could see,” Tw. I, 2, 17. “so soon as ever thou seest him, draw,” III, 4, 194. “so sure as this beard's grey,” Wint. II, 3, 162. “so long as nature will bear up,” III, 2, 241. “so soon as you arrive,” IV, 4, 633. “the day shall not be up so soon as I,” John V, 5, 21. “how went he under him? So proudly as if he disdained the ground,” R2 V, 5, 83. “so far as my coin would stretch,” H4A I, 2, 61. “so long as out of limit and true rule you stand against anointed majesty,” IV, 3, 39. “I will live so long as I may,” H5 II, 1, 15. “ten times so much,” H6A II, 1, 53. “had I twenty times so many foes,” H6B II, 4, 60. “what sorrow can befall thee, so long as Edward is thy friend,” H6C IV, 1, 77. “look I so pale as the rest?” R3 II, 1, 83. “so long as heaven and nature lengthens it,” IV, 4, 353. “even so most fitly as you malign our senators,” Cor. I, 1, 116. “so far as thou hast power,” III, 2, 85. “all so soon as the sun should . . . begin to draw the shady curtains,” Rom. I, 1, 140. “so soon as dinner's done, we'll forth again,” Tim. II, 2, 14. “so oft as that shall be, so often shall the knot of us be called . . .,” Caes. III, 1, 116. “so well thy words become thee as thy wounds,” Mcb. I, 2, 43. to devour so many as will to “greatness dedicate themselves,” IV, 3, 74. “with a look so piteous as if he had been loosed out of hell,” Hml. II, 1, 82. “so much as from occasion you may glean,” II, 2, 16. “provided I be so able as now,” V, 2, 211. “twice so many,” Lr. II, 4, 265. “that I might do you service so good as you have done,” Ant. IV, 2, 19. “follow the noise so far as we have quarter,” IV, 3, 22. “so soon as I can win the offended king,” Cymb. I, 1, 75. “to prove so worthy as since he hath been allowed the name of,” I, 4, 3. “so soon as I had made my meal,” III, 6, 51. V, 4, 126. V, 5, 323. so sure as you your father's (issue) 332 etc. Of course also in negative sentences: As I, 3, 53. H6B II, 4, 63 etc. etc.
Introducing an optative sentence, after or before asseverations: “I never saw the chain, so help me Heaven,” Err. V, 267. “never, Paulina; so be blest my spirit!” Wint. V, 1, 71. “speak like a true knight, so defend thee Heaven,” R2 I, 3, 34. “as my duty springs, so perish they,” H6A III, 1, 175. “so thrive I, as I truly swear the like,” R3 II, 1, 11. “so prosper I, as I swear perfect love,” R3 II, 1, 11 “so thrive I in my dangerous attempt,” IV, 4, 398. “so help me every spirit sanctified,” Oth. III, 4, 126 etc.
3) in such a manner, thus: “even so she kissed his brow,” Ven. 59. “how a bird lies tangled in a net, so fastened in her arms Adonis lies,” Ven. 59 “like a divedapper . . . so offers he to give,” Ven. 59 “so shall the day seem night,” Ven. 59 “Narcissus so himself forsook,” Ven. 59 “and so thou dost survive,” Ven. 59 “even so she languisheth,” Ven. 59 “to withhold me so,” Ven. 59 “as their captain, so their pride doth grow,” Lucr. 298. “if it so hap,” Tp. I, 1, 28. “by being so retired,” I, 2, 91. “ere it should the good ship so have swallowed,” I, 2, 91 “the visitor will not give him o'er so,” II, 1, 11 (cf. Meas. II, 2, 43). “as his body uglier grows, so his mind cankers,” IV, 192. “as the morning steals upon the night, so their rising senses begin to chase the fumes,” V, 66 (cf. Gent. I, 1, 43. Meas. I, 2, 131. I, 3, 27). “were I so minded,” V, 126. “he that is so yoked by a fool,” Gent. I, 1, 40. “you are so without these follies that these follies are within you,” II, 1, 39. “and so by many winding nooks he strays,” II, 7, 31. “my jealous aim might err and so unworthily disgrace the man,” III, 1, 29. “she persevers so,” III, 2, 28. “ne'er repent, if it were done so,” IV, 1, 30. “when it jars so,” IV, 2, 67. “1 will so plead that you shall say my cunning drift excels,” IV, 2, 67 “so to enforce or qualify the laws as to your soul seems good,” Meas. I, 1, 66. I, 3, 15. II, 1, 27. II, 1, 27 II, 1, 27 II, 4, 24. Err. I, 1, 97. I, 2, 39. II, 1, 12. II, 1, 12 II, 1, 12 IV, 3, 83. H8 V, 3, 182. Troil. II, 3, 265 (were your days as green as Ajax' and your mind so tempered; i. e. thus tempered, tempered in that manner which we perceive in you). Rom. IV, 2, 47. Hml. I, 1, 104. II, 2, 14. Ant. III, 6, 19. V, 2, 186 etc. etc.
Hence == the case being such, accordingly: “so you're paid,” Tp. II, 1, 36. “so you may continue and laugh at nothing still,” Tp. II, 1, 36 “so, king, go safely on,” Tp. II, 1, 36 “I'll bring you to your ship and so to Naples,” V, 307. “so by your circumstance you call me fool,” Gent. I, 1, 36. “and so I'll commend you to my master,” Gent. I, 1, 36 “and so farewell,” Gent. I, 1, 36 “and so good morrow,” II, 1, 140. “and so good rest,” IV, 2, 133. “so fare you well,” Meas. I, 1, 59. “so you must be the first that gives this sentence,” II, 2, 106. “so then it seems your act was mutually committed,” II, 3, 26. “these knights will hack, and so thou shouldst not alter the article of thy gentry,” Wiv. II, 1, 52. “so let me hear you speak,” Tw. III, 1, 133 etc. Used (quite as in German) to introduce the principal sentence after a subordinate clause: “as you love strokes, so jest with me again,” Err. II, 2, 8. “if this were so, so were it uttered,” Ado I, 1, 217. “when this hail some heat from Hermia felt, so he dissolved,” Mids. I, 1, 245. “if thou canst serve where thou dost stand condemned, so may it come thy master shall find thee full of labours,” Lr. I, 4, 6. cf. “I would you were set, so your affection would cease,” Gent. II, 1, 91.
4) in the same manner; also: “now let me say Good night, and so say you,” Ven. 535. “mad in pursuit, and in possession so,” Sonn. 129, 9. “therefore my mistress' brows are raven black, her eyes so suited,” 127, 10. “my brother's daughter is queen of Tunis; so is she heir of Naples,” Tp. II, 1, 256 (cf. I, 2, 165). “so, with good life and observation strange, my meaner ministers their several kinds have done,” III, 3, 86. “'tis so with me,” Meas. I, 1, 82. “one of these men is genius to the other, and so of these,” Err. V, 333. “so won, so lost,” LLL I, 1, 147. “so he served the second, and so the third,” As I, 2, 136. “thou dost overween in all, and so in this,” Tit. II, 1, 30. “good morrow, Antony. So to most noble Caesar,” Caes. II, 2, 118.
5) Implying the sense of a word or sentence going before or following; == as I said, such, this, that: “hearing you praised, I say 'Tis so, tis true,” Sonn. 85, 9. Gent. II, 3, 18. III, 1, 152. Err. II, 2, 203. V, 10. LLL I, 1, 225. “can this be so?” Meas. III, 1, 233. “be it so! amen!” Tp. V, 215. “my friends -- That's not so, we are your enemies,” Gent. IV, 1, 8. Meas. II, 1, 87. Err. III, 1, 85. Err. III, 1, 85 “too low a mistress for so high a servant. Not so, sweet lady,” Gent. II, 4, 107. IV, 2, 61. IV, 2, 61 IV, 4, 80. LLL V, 2, 359. “if so, the world will hold thee in disdain,” Ven. 761. “no more, unless the next word that thou speakest have some malignant power upon my life; if so, I pray thee, breathe it in mine ear,” Gent. III, 1, 239. “when they see time they'll go or come; if so, be patient,” Err. II, 1, 9. “and more than so, presenteth to mine eye the picture of an angry chafing boar,” Ven. 661. “it is worse for me than so,” Shr. IV, 2, 88. so (a loyal wife) “am I now,” Lucr. 1049. “though not to love, yet to tell me so,” Sonn. 140, 6. being so (the prime duke) “reputed,” Tp. I, 2, 72. “where was she born? In Argier. O, was she so?” Tp. I, 2, 72 “I will do my spiriting gently. Do so,” Tp. I, 2, 72 “cursed be I that did so,” Tp. I, 2, 72 II, 1, 193. II, 1, 193 we would so (lift the moon out of her sphere) II, 1, 193 “dost thou think so?” V, 19. “thou liest. Do I so?” III, 2, 84. you must be so too (more serious) II, 1, 220. I would, not so (a king) III, 1, 61. so (a fool) “I fear you'll prove,” Gent. I, 1, 37. I think him so (best) I, 2, 24. I seem so (sad) II, 4, 9. “if you think so,” II, 7, 62. “pray heaven he prove so,” II, 7, 62 “so I believe,” III, 2, 16. “I'll use thee kindly for thy mistress' sake, that used me so,” IV, 4, 208. “I will visit her: tell her so,” Wiv. III, 5, 50. so you do (deserve it) III, 3, 90. I have done so (sent after the duke) Meas. I, 2, 180. “say Pompey told you so,” II, 1, 257. “hail to you, provost! so I think you are,” II, 3, 1. “let me excuse me, and believe me so, my mirth it much displeased, but pleased my woe,” IV, 1, 12. “had the gods done so,” Err. I, 1, 99. III, 1, 123. V, 58. V, 58 “if it prove so,” I, 2, 103. “and so tell your master,” III, 1, 50. “brave conquerors, for so you are,” LLL I, 1, 8. will they so (know their mistresses)? V, 2, 126. “if love have touched you, nought remains but so, Redime te captum quam queas minimo,” Shr. I, 1, 166 (== but this. cf. above: Meas. IV, 1, 12). how came the posterns so easily open? By his great authority, which often hath “no less prevailed than so,” Wint. II, 1, 54. “I say good queen, and would by combat make her good so, were I a man,” II, 3, 60 (M. Edd. preposterously: good, so were I a man). “cousin, farewell; and, uncle, bid him so,” R2 I, 3, 247. “I will after straight and tell him so,” H4A I, 3, 127. Troil. I, 3, 256. aged custom, but by your voices, will not so permit me (to be consul) Cor. II, 3, 177. you so remain (the people's magistrates) III, 1, 202. “tell them there I have gold; look, so I have,” Tim. IV, 3, 289. “the perfume and suppliance of a minute . . . No more but so?” Hml. I, 3, 10. “but to know so must be my benefit,” Oth. III, 4, 119. “so to them both,” Ant. III, 12, 24. yet is't not probable to come alone, either he so undertaking (i. e. to come alone) “or they so suffering,” Cymb. IV, 2, 142 etc. Sometimes omitted, where modern usage would require it: “I think,” Meas. I, 2, 24. Cor. I, 6, 46. “which if, Lord have mercy on thee,” All's II, 3, 223. “O, if it prove, tempests are kind,” Tw. III, 4, 418. “not like a corse, or if, not to be buried,” Wint. IV, 4, 131. “haply you shall not see me more; or if, a mangled shadow,” Ant. IV, 2, 26. Inserted, on the contrary, where modern usage would omit it: “repair to the Capital. We will so,” Cor. II, 3, 262. cf. above: Tp. I, 2, 261. III, 2, 84. LLL V, 2, 126.
Emphatical inversion of the subject (so am I == so am I too): “let me say Good night, and so say you,” Ven. 535. “rich preys make true men thieves; so do thy lips make modest Dian cloudy,” Ven. 535 “you have cause, so have we all, of joy,” Tp. II, 1, 2. “the fault's your own. So is the dearest o' the loss,” Tp. II, 1, 2 “I will stand, and so shall Trinculo,” III, 2, 47. “my nose is in great indignation. So is mine,” IV, 201. “she is fair, and so is Julia,” Gent. II, 4, 199. “and so suppose am I,” IV, 2, 114. IV, 4, 197. “I'll keep him above deck. So will I,” Wiv. II, 1, 95. “keep in your weapon. So do you,” III, 1, 77. “you shall go; so shall you,” III, 2, 83. “as I find her, so am I affected,” III, 4, 95. “so say I too,” IV, 2, 134. “so think I too,” IV, 4, 26. Err. II, 2, 198. IV, 3, 42. V, 372. Ado III, 2, 16. III, 5, 31. V, 4, 2. Mids. I, 1, 53. III, 1, 142. III, 2, 265. Merch. II, 4, 26. IV, 1, 98. As I, 2, 13. H4A III, 2, 163. H6A II, 4, 131. Ant. II, 6, 1 etc.
As for how so and why so == why, see How and Why.
6) provided that, if it be so that (cf. Mids. I, 1, 39), on condition that, if (followed by the subjunctive or an auxiliary verb): “wishing her cheeks were gardens full of flowers, so they were dewed with such distilling showers,” Ven. 66. Ven. 66 “she will never rise, so he will kiss her,” Ven. 66 “to sell myself I can be well contented, so thou wilt buy,” Ven. 66 “so thou be good, slander doth but approve thy worth the greater,” 70, 5. “what care I who calls me well or ill, so you o'ergreen my bad,” 112, 4. “myself I'll forfeit, so that other mine thou wilt restore,” 134, 3. “for nothing hold me, so it please thee hold that nothing me a something sweet to thee,” 136, 11. Gent. I, 2, 3. Gent. I, 2, 3 II, 1, 119. III, 1, 120. III, 1, 120 Wiv. II, 2, 149. Err. II, 1, 108. II, 2, 35. Ado II, 1, 91. V, 1, 152. LLL II, 127. LLL II, 127 IV, 1, 124. Mids. III, 2, 314. Merch. III, 2, 197. Merch. III, 2, 197 IV, 1, 291. As I, 2, 11. II, 3, 30. IV, 2, 10. Shr. II, 227. IV, 3, 16. All's IV, 3, 274. John III, 4, 16. IV, 1, 17. R2 II, 2, 101. H4A I, 3, 76. H6A IV, 7, 94. V, 3, 17. H6B III, 1, 264. III, 2, 361. H6C IV, 7, 32. R3 I, 2, 124. IV, 4, 209. IV, 4, 209 Troil. V, 1, 72. Rom. II, 2, 97. Caes. I, 2, 166. Ant. III, 13, 15 etc. So please == if it please: “on a trice, so please you, were we divided from them,” Tp. V, 238. “so please my lord to quit the fine, I am content,” Merch. IV, 1, 380. “do you intend to stay with me to-night? So please your lordship to accept our duty,” Shr. Ind. 1, 82. “so please you, one day shall crown the alliance,” Tw. V, 324. “ready are the appellant and defendant, so please your highness to behold the fight,” H6B II, 3, 51. “I'll cross the sea, so it please my lord,” H6C II, 6, 98. “tell him, so please him come unto this place, he shall be satisfied,” Caes. III, 1, 140. “I will follow you, so please you entertain me,” Cymb. IV, 2, 394 (cf. Please).
Exceptions from the general rule: 1) so followed by the indicative: “nothing comes amiss, so money comes withal,” Shr. I, 2, 82 (Grumio's speech). 2) == though: “should I lie, madam? O, I would thou didst, so half my Egypt were submerged,” Ant. II, 5, 94.
If so, and so that, == if: “might you do't . . . if so your heart were touched with that remorse,” Meas. II, 2, 54. “if so you'll not o'errule me to a peace,” Hml. IV, 7, 61 (Qq so you will not). “so that you had her wrinkles and I her money, I would she did as you say,” All's II, 4, 20. “so that thy state might be no worse, I would my skill were subject to thy curse,” R2 III, 4, 102. So as, in the same sense: “so as thou livest in peace, die free from strife,” R2 V, 6, 27.
7) Used with reference to a manner or degree or quantity not expressly mentioned, but only hinted at and left to guessing: “applying this to that, and so to so,” Ven. 713. “when for some trifling present you have bid me return so much,” Tim. II, 2, 146 (German: so und so viel). “to borrow so many talents,” III, 2, 13. III, 2, 13 III, 2, 13 “addicted so and so,” Hml. II, 1, 19. “this service is not service, so being done, but being so allowed,” Cymb. III, 3, 16. Or so == or anything like this, somewhere about this; often used as a mere expletive: “for an eternal moment or so,” Wiv. II, 1, 50. “is she wedded, or no? To her will, sir, or so,” LLL II, 212. “I'll make one in a dance or so,” V, 1, 160. “she may perhaps call him half a score knaves or so,” Shr. I, 2, 111. “some two thousand strong or so,” Tw. III, 2, 59. “score a pint of bastard in the Half-moon or so,” H4A II, 4, 30. “some half an hour or so,” H8 IV, 1, 66. “some certain snatch or so would serve your turns,” Tit. II, 1, 95. “Thisbe a grey eye or so, but not to the purpose,” Rom. II, 4, 45. “good sir, or so, or friend, or gentleman,” Hml. II, 1, 46. “girdle, hangers, or so,” V, 2, 158 (Qq and so).
8) Expressing acquiescence or approbation, == well: “so; lie there, my art,” Tp. I, 2, 24. “so, slave; hence,” Tp. I, 2, 24 “are you of fourscore pounds a year? Yes, an't please you, sir. So; what trade are you of?” Meas. II, 1, 206. “your brother is to die. So,” II, 4, 84. “reach a chair: so; now, methinks, I feel a little ease,” H8 IV, 2, 4. “your grace must wait till you be called for. So,” V, 2, 7. “so: thou wilt not hear me now,” Tim. I, 2, 253. “have you wisdom? so,” Lr. I, 4, 102. “give me your arm; up, so,” IV, 6, 65. “lend me a garter; so,” Oth. V, 1, 82. “whose he is we are, and that is Caesar's. So,” Ant. III, 13, 52. “our crows shall fare the better for you, and there's an end. So, sir,” Cymb. III, 1, 85. why, so == well, well: Shr. IV, 3, 198. R2 II, 2, 87. R3 II, 1, 1 (Qq so, now have I done). Cor. V, 1, 15. Mcb. III, 4, 107. As for even so, see Even.
Supplying the place of a principal sentence, == it is well, it is good: “if it please you, so; if not, why, so,” Gent. II, 1, 137. “if it be my luck, so,” Wiv. III, 4, 67. “on whom it will, it will; on whom it will not, so,” Meas. I, 2, 127. “if he will take it, so,” Merch. I, 3, 170. if “that this simple syllogism will serve, so,” Tw. I, 5, 55. “if you will deny the sheriff, so,” H4A II, 4, 545. “if he do come in my way, so,” V, 3, 60. V, 1, 122. V, 3, 64. V, 4, 144. H4B III, 2, 252. Lr. II, 2, 106. Cymb. II, 3, 16.
So, so, == a) well, well (like the simple so): “so, so, quoth he, these lets attend the time,” Lucr. 330. “before you can breathe twice and cry so, so,” Tp. IV, 45. “the dog is me and I am myself; ay, so, so,” Gent. II, 3, 26. “so, so: farewell; we are gone,” Wint. II, 3, 130. “so, so; these are the limbs o' the plot,” H8 I, 1, 219. “so, so; rub on,” Troil. III, 2, 52. “so, so, we draw together,” V, 5, 44. “so, so; now sit,” Tit. III, 2, 1. “most welcome, sir. So, so, there!” Tim. I, 1, 256. “I would not have thee linger in thy pain: so, so,” Oth. V, 2, 89. “so, so; come, give me that,” Ant. IV, 4, 28. “so, so: well done,” Cymb. I, 5, 82. so, so, so (expressive of satisfaction): Tp. V, 96. Lr. III, 6, 90. Lr. III, 6, 90 cf. Oth. IV, 1, 126. b) indifferent, not worth much, somewhat amiss (adjectively as well as adverbially)“: what thinkest thou of the rich Mercatio? Well of his wealth, but of himself so so,” Gent. I, 2, 13. “his leg is but so so,” As III, 5, 119. “art rich? Faith, sir, so so,” V, 1, 28. “so so is good, very good, very excellent good; and yet it is not; it is but so so,” V, 1, 28 “thou counterfeitest most lively. So so, my lord,” Tim. V, 1, 85. Costard uses the simple so in the same sense: “he is, in telling true, but so,” LLL I, 1, 227.
9) so as == such as: “so am I as the rich,” Sonn. 52, 1. “thou art as tyrannous, so as thou art, as those whose beauties proudly make them cruel,” 131, 1 (== though thou art such; cf. “against whose person, so sacred as it is, I have done sin,” Wint. V, 1, 172, == sacred as it is; though it is sacred).
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