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Scant, vb. 1) to straiten, to limit, to shorten: “if my father had not --ed me and hedged me by his wit,” Merch. II, 1, 17. “s. this excess,” III, 2, 113. “I s. this breathing courtesy,” V, 141. “and --s us with a single famished kiss,” Troil. IV, 4, 49. “to s. my sizes,” Lr. II, 4, 178. “you think I will your serious and great business s.” Oth. I, 3, 268 (be deficient in, neglect). “s. our former having,” IV, 3, 92. “s. not my cups,” Ant. IV, 2, 21.
2) to afford sparingly and with reluctance, to grudge: “I have --ed all wherein I should your great deserts repay,” Sonn. 117, 1. “what he hath --ed men in hair he hath given them in wit,” Err. II, 2, 81. “spoil his coat with --ing a little cloth,” H5 II, 4, 47. “you have obedience --ed,” Lr. I, 1, 281. “to s. her duty,” II, 4, 142. “force their --ed courtesy,” III, 2, 67.
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