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πρόχειροςκτανεῖν. In its primary and usual sense, “πρόχειρος” denotes what is ready in the hand (1116). Here it passes into a wholly different sense, applied to a person whose hand is ‘forward’ or ready, as “πρόθυμος” is one whose spirit is forward. Cp. Eur. H. F. 161τῇ φυγῇ πρόχειρος ἦν”, ‘prompt for flight’ (=“φεύγειν”), where Wilamowitz illustrates the dat. by Pind. O. 4. 14τροφαῖς ἕτοιμον ἵππων”.

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    • Euripides, Heracles, 161
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