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Spit, vb. (in Merch. spet. Impf. and partic. spit) 1) absol. to throw out saliva: “orators, when they are out, they will s.” As IV, 1, 76; cf. V, 3, 12 and Troil. I, 3, 173. “s. in the hole, man, and tune again,” Shr. III, 1, 40 (== fall to it with fresh courage). “if it be a hot day, and I brandish any thing but a bottle, I would I might never s. white again,” H4B I, 2, 237 (Nares adduces some passages from contemporary writers to prove that to spit white was thought to be the consequence of intemperance in drinking; but he has forgotten to ascertain the colour of other people's spittle).* to s. at or on a p., a mark of extreme contempt and disgust: Err. II, 2, 36. As III, 2, 438. Wint. IV, 3, 113. R2 I, 1, 60. R3 I, 2, 145. Merch. I, 3, 113. Merch. I, 3, 113 Merch. I, 3, 113 R2 IV, 75. Tim. IV, 3, 364. Cymb. V, 5, 222. “she s. in his face,” Meas. II, 1, 86. H4A II, 4, 214.
2) tr. to throw out from the mouth: “a mouth that --s forth death and mountains,” John II, 458. “s. it in Mowbray's face,” R2 I, 1, 194. “tongues s. their duties out,” H8 I, 2, 61 (utter disrespectful language).
Applied, metaphorically, to other things ejecting fluids or fire: Merch. II, 7, 45. John II, 211. H5 III, 5, 52. Cor. I, 3, 45. Lr. III, 2, 14. Per. III, 1, 8.
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