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flaw a sudden and violent blast of wind ( “A flaw [or gust] of wind. Tourbillon de vent.>” Cotgrave's Fr. and Engl. Dict. “A flaw of wind is a gust, which is very violent upon a sudden, but quickly endeth.” Smith's Sea Grammar, 1627, p. 46. The second of these quotations I owe to Mr. Bolton Corney): “standing every flaw,” CORIOLANUS, v. 3. 74 ; “the winter's flaw,” HAMLET, v. 1. 210 ; “I do not fear the flaw,” PERICLES, iii. 1. 39 ; “foul flaws,” VENUS AND ADONIS, 456.

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