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Saying, subst. 1) that which is or has been said by a person: “what mean you by that s.?” Gent. V, 4, 167. “you say he dined at home; the goldsmith here denies that s.” Err. V, 274. “if their singing answer your s.” Ado II, 1, 241. “talk with a man out at a window; a proper s.!” IV, 1, 312. “I pretty, and my s. apt,” LLL I, 2, 21. “the priest was good enough, for all the old gentleman's s.” As V, 1, 4. “all those --s will I overswear,” Tw. V, 276. “you would believe my s.” Wint. II, 1, 63. “'tis a s. not due to me,” III, 2, 59. “to prove my s. true,” John III, 1, 28. “you'll never trust his word after! come, 'tis a foolish s.” H5 IV, 1, 215. “the deed of s. is quite out of use,” Tim. V, 1, 28 (== the performance of what one has said or promised). “there is much reason in his --s,” Caes. III, 2, 113. “thou hast proved Lucilius' s. true,” V, 5, 59. “my father is not dead for all your s.” Mcb. IV, 2, 37. “give his s. deed,” Hml. I, 3, 27.
2) a phrase: “Fates and Destinies, and such odd --s,” Merch. II, 2, 66. where that s. was born of I fear “no colours,” Tw. I, 5, 10. “blush like a black dog, as the s. is,” Tit. V, 1, 122.
3) a sentence, a proverb, a saw: Gent. V, 2, 11. Meas. II, 2, 133. LLL IV, 1, 121. Merch. II, 7, 36. II, 9, 82. As III, 2, 136. V, 1, 34. Tw. V, 40. H5 I, 2, 166. IV, 4, 73. R3 II, 4, 16. Troil. IV, 4, 15.
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