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Sword, a weapon worn at the side, and used by hand either for thrusting or cutting: Lucr. 1421. Lucr. 1421 Sonn. 55, 7. Tp. II, 1, 161. III, 3, 62. III, 3, 62 Wiv. II, 1, 135. III, 1, 112. Ado V, 1, 54. Ado V, 1, 54 LLL V, 2, 276. LLL V, 2, 276 LLL V, 2, 276 Mids. III, 1, 19. V, 350. As II, 3, 32. II, 4, 47. All's II, 1, 40 etc. etc. “no s. worn but one to dance with,” All's II, 1, 32. “kept his s. like a dancer,” Ant. III, 11, 36 (cf. Dancing-rapier). “my long s.” Wiv. II, 1, 236. Rom. I, 1, 82. “thy two-hand s.” H6B II, 1, 46. “six French --s,” Hml. V, 2, 168. “my Spanish s.” All's IV, 1, 52. “a s. of Spain, the ice-brook's temper,” Oth. V, 2, 253. “playing at s. and dagger,” Wiv. I, 1, 295 (cf. Dagger). “s. against s.” Ant. III, 13, 27. “s. to s.” Cor. III, 1, 13. to die on one's s. (== by one's s.): Mids. II, 2, 107. Caes. V, 1, 58. Mcb. V, 8, 2. “to measure --s,” As V, 4, 91. to eat a s. (== to receive it into the body, to be wounded or killed): “I will make him eat it,” Ado IV, 1, 279. “I would make him eat a piece of my s.” H4A V, 4, 157. “a' should eat --s first,” Troil. II, 3, 228. cf. “swallow my s. like a great pin,” H6B IV, 10, 31. to put to the s. == to kill: As V, 4, 164. H6B III, 1, 284. “avarice hath been the s. of our slain kings,” Mcb. IV, 3, 87 (== the death, ruin). “to draw the s.:” Lucr. 626. Tp. II, 1, 292. Err. V, 151. Err. V, 151 LLL I, 2, 62. Mids. III, 1, 11. III, 2, 411. Tw. I, 3, 66. Tw. I, 3, 66 III, 4, 429. IV, 1, 45. V, 191. Rom. III, 1, 9 (draws him on the drawer; where him is the dativus ethicus: most M. Edd., following the surreptitious Q1, draws it) etc. etc. I hide my s. (== I sheathe it) As II, 7, 119. “to put up the s.:” Tp. I, 2, 469. Tw. III, 4, 343. Tw. III, 4, 343 John IV, 3, 79. John IV, 3, 79 H5 II, 1, 46. Cor. V, 6, 136. Rom. I, 1, 72. Rom. I, 1, 72 Caes. I, 3, 19 etc. cf. “up, s.!” Hml. III, 3, 88. “to sheathe the s.” H5 III, 1, 21. Tit. I, 85. Tit. I, 85 here sheathe thy s. (i. e. in my body) H6C V, 5, 70. “to unsheathe the s.” H6C II, 2, 59. “strip your s. stark naked,” Tw. III, 4, 274. “naked --s,” Err. IV, 4, 148. when I see a s. out (== drawn): Wiv. II, 3, 47. Lr. II, 1, 40. IV, 6, 233. Oth. II, 3, 183. “out, s.!” Mids. V, 301. Cymb. IV, 1, 24. “forth, my s.!” Oth. V, 1, 10.
Symbol of combat and war: “the s. should end it,” Wiv. I, 1, 41. “the world's mine oyster, which I with s. will open,” II, 2, 3. “I wooed thee with my s.” Mids. I, 1, 16. “awake our sleeping s. of war,” H5 I, 2, 22. “--s our law,” R3 V, 3, 311. “he had rather see the --s,” Cor. I, 3, 60. “I will use the olive with my s.” Tim. V, 4, 82. “since yet thy cicatrice looks raw and red after the Danish s.” Hml. IV, 3, 63. Joined to fire and famine: “thou hadst fire and s. on thy side,” H4A II, 4, 348. “famine, s. and fire,” H4A II, 4, 348. “with blood and s. and fire,” I, 2, 131. “I fear neither s. nor fire,” H6B IV, 2, 63. Opposed to the word (== gospel): Wiv. III, 1, 44. H4B IV, 2, 10. cf. Mids. II, 2, 107. H4B III, 2, 83.
Emblem of power and authority: “not the king's crown, nor the deputed s.” Meas. II, 2, 60. “he who the s. of heaven will bear,” III, 2, 275. “to lay aside the s. which sways usurpingly these several titles,” John I, 12. “and blunt the s. that guards the peace and safety of your person,” H4B V, 2, 87. “still bear the balance and the s.” H4B V, 2, 87 “the s., the mace, the crown,” H5 IV, 1, 278. “I gird thee with the valiant s. of York,” H6A III, 1, 171. “we here create thee the first duke of Suffolk, and gird thee with the s.” H6B I, 1, 65. “the mayor's s.” IV, 3, 16. “except a s. or sceptre balance it,” V, 1, 9. “is the s. unswayed?” R3 IV, 4, 470. “persuade justice to break her s.” Oth. V, 2, 17.
Solemn oaths taken upon a sword: “you shall swear upon this s. of justice,” Wint. III, 2, 125. “lay on our royal s. your banished hands,” R2 I, 3, 179. “upon my s.” Hml. I, 5, 147. “swear by this s.” Wint. II, 3, 168. “swear by my s.” Hml. I, 5, 154. Hml. I, 5, 154 cf. Ado IV, 1, 276. R2 I, 1, 78. H4A V, 3, 26. H5 II, 1, 105. H6B V, 3, 15.
A sword hung over the grave of a knight: “no trophy, s., nor hatchment o'er his bones,” Hml. IV, 5, 214.
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