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Thing, any substance; whatever is: “--s growing to themselves are growth's abuse,” Ven. 166. “t. like a man, but of no woman bred,” Ven. 166 “if springing --s be any jot diminished, they wither in their prime,” Ven. 166 “what canst thou boast of --s long since, or any t. ensuing,” Ven. 166 “all --s in common nature should produce,” Tp. II, 1, 159. “I will requite you with as good a t.” V, 169. “bears no impression of the t. it was,” Gent. II, 4, 202. “good --s should be praised,” III, 1, 353. of another t. she may (be liberal) III, 1, 353 “you would have them always play but one t.” IV, 2, 71. “the t. is to be sold,” As II, 4, 96. “we will have rings and --s and fine array,” Shr. II, 325. IV, 3, 56. “I can hardly forbear hurling --s at him,” Tw. III, 2, 87. “has this t. appeared again?” Hml. I, 1, 21 etc. etc.
Applied to men and animals, == being, creature: “imperious supreme of all mortal --s,” Ven. 996. “we leave to be the --s we are for that which we expect,” Lucr. 149. “some fierce t. replete with too much rage,” Sonn. 23, 3. in pursuit of the t. she would have stay (a hen) 143, 4. “thou liest, malignant t.” Tp. I, 2, 257. “dull t., I say so,” Tp. I, 2, 257 “gabble like a t. most brutish,” Tp. I, 2, 257 “I might call him a t. divine,” Tp. I, 2, 257 “a single t., as I am now,” Tp. I, 2, 257 “good --s will strive to dwell with it,” Tp. I, 2, 257 “these be fine --s,” II, 2, 120. “but this t. dare not,” III, 2, 63. “what --s are these,” V, 264. “this t. of darkness,” V, 264 “this is as strange a t. as e'er I looked on,” V, 264 “sweet ornament that decks a t. divine,” Gent. II, 1, 4. “she excels each mortal t. upon the dull earth dwelling,” IV, 2, 51. they (bears) “are very ill-favoured rough --s,” Wiv. I, 1, 312. “I hold you as a t. enskyed and sainted,” Meas. I, 4, 34. “wake when some vile t. is near,” Mids. II, 2, 34. “vile t., let loose,” III, 2, 260. “a poor virgin, an ill-favoured t.” As V, 4, 60. “you are idle shallow --s,” Tw. III, 4, 137. “make us as fat as tame --s,” Wint. I, 2, 92. “O thou t.!” II, 1, 82. “poor t., condemned to loss,” II, 3, 192. “such goodly --s as you,” V, 1, 178. “go, you t., go. Say, what t., what t.?” H4A III, 3, 131. “see, sons, what --s you are,” H4B IV, 5, 65. “have you dispatched this t?” H6B III, 2, 6. “he was the wretched'st t. when he was young,” R3 II, 4, 18. “every man . . . was a t. inspired,” H8 I, 1, 91. “the t. of courage . . . with rage doth sympathize,” Troil. I, 3, 51. “hence, rotten t.” Cor. III, 1, 179. “thou noble t.” IV, 5, 122. “vows revenge as spacious as between the youngest and oldest t.” IV, 6, 68. “such --s as you,” V, 2, 109. “none serve with him but constrained --s,” Mcb. V, 4, 13. “no cataplasm . . . can save the t. from death,” Hml. IV, 7, 146. “the king is a t. A thing, mylord! Of nothing,” IV, 2, 31 (Nares: a t. of nothing, a common phrase to express any thing very worthless. cf. a t. of naught in Mids. IV, 2, 14). “--s that love night,” Lr. III, 2, 42. “leaving free --s and happy shows behind,” III, 6, 112. “he is a t. too bad for bad report,” Cymb. I, 1, 16. “thou basest t.” Cymb. I, 1, 16 “the same dead t. alive,” V, 5, 123 etc.
Supplying abstract notions, == matter, affair, circumstance, fact, action, story etc.: “--s out of hope are compassed oft with venturing,” Ven. 567. “in hand with all --s, nought at all effecting,” Ven. 567 “for one t. she did they would not take her life,” Tp. I, 2, 266. “taught thee each hour one t. or other,” Tp. I, 2, 266 “I would by contraries execute all --s,” II, 1, 148. “will not let you believe --s certain,” V, 125. “think of each t. well,” V, 251. “I see --s too, although you judge I wink,” Gent. I, 2, 139. “are all these --s perceived in me?” II, 1, 34. “three --s that women highly hold in hate,” III, 2, 33. “'tis a foul t. when a cur cannot keep himself in all companies,” IV, 4, 11. “to be a dog at all --s,” IV, 4, 11 “there's no such t. in me,” Wiv. III, 3, 72. “they can tell you how --s go better than I can,” III, 4, 69. “I would not have --s cool,” IV, 2, 240. “you shall hear how --s go,” IV, 5, 126. “'tis one t. to be tempted, another t. to fall,” Meas. II, 1, 17. “it is the only t. for a qualm,” Ado III, 4, 75. “a little t. would make me tell them . . .,” Tw. III, 4, 332. “rob the exchequer the first t. thou dost,” H4A III, 3, 205. “--s are often spoke and seldom meant,” H6B III, 1, 268. “--s have fallen out so unluckily,” Rom. III, 4, 1. “I fear some ill unlucky t.” V, 3, 136. “where, both in time, form of the t., each word made true and good, the apparition comes,” Hml. I, 2, 210. “--s standing thus unknown,” V, 2, 356. “to scan this t. no further,” Oth. III, 3, 245. “it is a common t. to have a foolish wife,” Oth. III, 3, 245 “the breaking of so great a t. should make a greater crack,” Ant. V, 1, 14 etc. etc. cf. All-thing, Any, Every, Some etc. the t. often == that: “'twas I did the t. you wot of,” Gent. IV, 4, 30; cf. “past cure of the t. you wot of,” Meas. II, 1, 115. “presume not that I am the t. I was,” H4B V, 5, 60. “never will I undertake the t. wherein thy counsel is wanting,” H6C II, 6, 101. “I shall surely speak the t. I shall repent,” Troil. III, 2, 139 etc. a t. == something: “should I have wished a t., it had been he,” Gent. II, 4, 82. “I will do a greater t. than that,” Wiv. I, 1, 248. “I shall discover a t. to you,” II, 2, 190. “when shall you see me write a t. in rhyme?” LLL IV, 3, 181. “shall I tell you a t.?” V, 1, 152. “there is a t. within my bosom tells me . . .,” H4B IV, 1, 183. “a t. devised by the enemy,” R3 V, 3, 306. “I told you a t. yesterday,” Troil. I, 2, 185. “thou wilt undertake a t. like death,” Rom. IV, 1, 74. “I should impart a t. to you,” Hml. V, 2, 92. “I have a t. for you,” Oth. III, 3, 301 etc.
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