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Stair, 1) steps made for the purpose of ascending: “cords made like a tackled s.” Rom. II, 4, 201.
2) a single step leading up; but used only in the plural: “the --s, as he treads on them, kiss his feet,” LLL V, 2, 330. “as false as --s of sand,” Merch. III, 2, 84. “in these degrees have they made a pair of --s to marriage,” As V, 2, 41. “as common as the --s that mount the Capitol,” Cymb. I, 6, 105. Hence --s == the whole order of steps by which the upper part of a building is arrived at: “as you go up the --s,” Hml. IV, 3, 39. “keep below --s,” Ado V, 2, 10 (in the servants' room). “up --s and down --s,” H4A II, 4, 112. “gone down --s,” H4B II, 1, 107. H4B II, 1, 107
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