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Windy, 1) next the wind: “it keeps on the w. side of care,” Ado II, 1, 327 (so that care cannot scent and find it).*“still you keep o'the w. side o'the law,” Tw. III, 4, 181.
2) Applied, metaphorically, to words and sighs as resembling the wind (cf. Wind): “with her w. sighs . . . to fan and blow them dry again she seeks,” Ven. 51. this w. tempest (inarticulate sounds), till it blow up rain (i. e. tears), “held back his sorrow's tide,” Lucr. 1788. “give not a w. night a rainy morrow,” Sonn. 90, 7 (a night spent in sighs). “zeal, now melted by the w. breath of soft petitions,” John II, 477. “what showers arise, blown with the w. tempest of my heart, upon thy wounds,” H6C II, 5, 86. “w. attorneys to their client woes,” R3 IV, 4, 127 (== airy words). “w. suspiration of forced breath,” Hml. I, 2, 79.
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