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Scarlet, bright-red: their (the lips') “s. ornaments,” Sonn. 142, 6. “a s. cloak,” Shr. V, 1, 69. R2 III, 3, 99. H4A II, 4, 17. H6A I, 3, 42. Rom. II, 1, 18. Tim. IV, 3, 422. == dressed in red robes: “his s. lust came evidence to swear,” Lucr. 1650. “s. hypocrite.” H6A I, 3, 56 (alluding to the red soutaine of the cardinal). “thou s. sin,” H8 III, 2, 255; cf. H6A I, 3, 42 and H8 III, 2, 280.
Substantively: “jaded by a piece of s.” H8 III, 2, 280. they (thy cheeks) “will be in s. straight,” Rom. II, 5, 73. Name of one of Robin Hood's companions: “Robin Hood, S. and John,” H4B V, 3, 107. Bardolph called S. and John on account of his red face: Wiv. I, 1, 177.
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