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Dram, 1) the eighth part of an ounce: “weigh down by the d.” Tim. V, 1, 154. “buy ladies' flesh at a million a d.” Cymb. I, 4, 147. III, 5, 89. Quibbling: “no d. of a scruple,” Tw. III, 4, 87. H4B I, 2, 148.
2) the smallest quantity: “empty from any d. of mercy,” Merch. IV, 1, 6. “every d. of it,” All's II, 3, 233. Wint. II, 1, 138. “three quarters and a d. dead,” IV, 4, 815. “the d. of ill,” Hml. I, 4, 36. “a d. of worth,” Cymb. III, 5, 89. “a d. of this will drive away distemper,” III, 4, 193.
3) a pernicious potion: “with no rash potion, but with a lingering d.” Wint. I, 2, 320. “shall give him such an unaccustomed d.” Rom. III, 5, 91. “let me have a d. of poison,” V, 1, 60. “some d. conjured to this effect,” Oth. I, 3, 105. “the queen's d. she swallowed,” Cymb. V, 5, 381.
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