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Steal (impf. stole; partic. “stolen; stole” Mcb. II, 3, 73. Caes. II, 1, 238). 1) tr. a) to take clandestinely and without right; absol.: Tp. IV, 239. Wiv. I, 3, 30 Wiv. I, 3, 30 Meas. I, 2, 10. Meas. I, 2, 10 II, 2, 177. H5 V, 1, 92 etc. With an object: Ven. 160. Ven. 160 Ven. 160 Sonn. 48, 13. 75, 6. Tp. V, 299. Gent. IV, 4, 10. Gent. IV, 4, 10 Wiv. III, 4, 40. Meas. III, 1, 159. Err. III, 1, 44. Ado II, 1, 206. Ado II, 1, 206 III, 3, 44. LLL V, 1, 40. Merch. I, 3, 91. All's II, 5, 86. John IV, 3, 136. H6B III, 1, 55. H6C IV, 5, 17. V, 1, 43 etc. With “away:” Lucr. 1056. Sonn. 63, 8. With “from:” Lucr. 1068. Lucr. 1068 Sonn. 36, 8. 79, 9. 99, 2. 99, 2 Gent. IV, 4, 59. Meas. II, 4, 43. Ado V, 4, 89. Mids. III, 1, 171. III, 2, 284. III, 2, 284 Merch. II, 8, 19. III, 2, 247. Wint. IV, 4, 646. H6C V, 5, 24. H8 III, 2, 140. Oth. I, 3, 208. III, 3, 310. Cymb. II, 4, 117 etc. With of: “s. dead seeing of his living hue,” Sonn. 67, 6. “had stolen of both,” 99, 10. “of a cut loaf to s. a shive,” Tit. II, 1, 87. Refl.: “but do thy worst to s. thyself away, for term of life thou art assured mine,” Sonn. 92, 1. “there's warrant in that theft which --s itself, when there's no mercy left,” Mcb. II, 3, 152 (in both passages quibbling). With a dat. comm.: “although thou s. thee all my poverty,” Sonn. 40, 10.
Applied to the act of running away with a girl or of ravishing children: Mids. II, 1, 22. H6B IV, 2, 151. Gent. III, 1, 11 “(away).” Gent. III, 1, 11 IV, 1, 48 “(away).” Wiv. IV, 4, 74 “(away).” Merch. IV, 1, 385. Hml. IV, 5, 173. Oth. I, 3, 60. cf. As I, 3, 131.
Used in a good sense, in speaking of things taken or gained in a bland and imperceptible manner: “to s. a kiss,” Ven. 726. Gent. II, 4, 160. “how many a tear hath love stolen from mine eye,” Sonn. 31, 6. “I stole all courtesy from heaven,” H4A III, 2, 50. “which --s men's eyes,” Sonn. 20, 8. Merch. III, 2, 125. Per. IV, 1, 41. “stolest away the ladies' hearts,” H6B I, 3, 55. Caes. III, 2, 220. Ant. II, 6, 106. cf. Mids. III, 2, 284. “thou hast stolen the impression of her fantasy,” Mids. I, 1, 32. “--ing her soul,” Merch. V, 19. “to s. your thoughts,” II, 1, 12.
b) to assume hypocritically: “who cannot s. a shape that means deceit?” H6B III, 1, 79. “that deceit should s. such gentle shapes,” R3 II, 2, 27.
c) to conceal; to perform secretly: “'twere good to s. our marriage,” Shr. III, 2, 142. stolen == secret: “their stolen marriage day,” Rom. V, 3, 233. “her stolen hours of lust,” Oth. III, 3, 338.
2) refl. to creep, to slink furtively: “he will s. himself into a man's favour,” All's III, 6, 98. “he is wise, and hath stolen him home to bed,” Rom. II, 1, 4. cf. Sonn. 92, 1 and Mcb. II, 3, 152.
3) intr. to go or come furtively: “she came --ing to the wayward boy,” Ven. 344. “lest jealousy should by his --ing in disturb the feast,” Ven. 344 he --eth into her chamber, Lucr. Arg. Ven. 344 “away he --s,” Lucr. 283. “through the dark night he --eth,” Lucr. 283 Sonn. 33, 8. 104, 10. Meas. III, 2, 99. Ado III, 1, 7. III, 3, 63. IV, 2, 64. LLL V, 2, 94. Mids. I, 1, 164. Mids. I, 1, 164 II, 1, 65. II, 1, 65 III, 2, 51. IV, 1, 161. IV, 1, 161 Merch. V, 15. As II, 1, 30. All's II, 1, 29. III, 2, 132. III, 5, 55. H4A II, 4, 392. H5 V, 1, 92. H6C I, 1, 3. H6C I, 1, 3 III, 1, 13. IV, 2, 20. R3 III, 7, 168. H8 III, 2, 57. Rom. I, 1, 132. Caes. II, 1, 238. Mcb. II, 4, 26. Hml. III, 4, 134. Oth. III, 3, 39 etc. With the adv. on: “the hour --s on,” Err. IV, 1, 52. IV, 2, 60. R3 V, 3, 85. With the prep. on or upon: “now stole upon the time the dead of night,” Lucr. 162. “as the morning --s upon the night,” Tp. V, 65. “on us both did haggish age s. on,” All's I, 2, 29. “'tis strange he thus should s. upon us,” Wint. V, 1, 115. All's V, 3, 42. H4B II, 2, 172. Hml. I, 5, 61. Lr. IV, 6, 190. Ant. III, 6, 42.
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