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Alms, subst. sing., what is given in charity: “it were an a. to hang him,” Ado II, 3, 164. “have a present a.” Shr. IV, 3, 5. “hath received an a.” Cor. III, 2, 120. “beg the a.” Meas. III, 1, 35. Seemingly, but not evidently, in the plural: “that by a. doth live,” Lucr. 986. “give a.” Wint. IV, 4, 138. “wherein he puts a. for oblivion,” Troil. III, 3, 146. “I have your a.” Cor. II, 3, 87. “by his own a. empoisoned,” V, 6, 11. “have their a. out of the empress' chest,” Tit. II, 3, 9. “one bred of a.” Cymb. II, 3, 119. -- “received you at fortune's a.” Lr. I, 1, 281, literally: on occasion of Fortune's almsgiving, as an alms of Fortune. “And shut myself up in some other course, to Fortune's a.” Oth. III, 4, 122, i. e. and stint myself to the charity of Fortune.
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