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Tool, any instrument of manual operation: “sirs, take you to your --s,” Tit. IV, 3, 6. “some coiner with his --s made me a counterfeit,” Cymb. II, 5, 5.
Hence, or rather originally, == weapon: “this no slaughterhouse no t. imparteth to make more vent for passage of her breath,” Lucr. 1039. “draw thy t.” Rom. I, 1, 37. lolling the tongue with slaughtering, having “work more plentiful than --s to do't,” Cymb. V, 3, 9. Euphemistically == the yard: “have we some strange Indian with the great t. come to court, the women so besiege us?” H8 V, 4, 35. cf. Rom. I, 1, 37 and Cymb. II, 5, 5.
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