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coign a corner-stone at the exterior angle of a building (old Fr. coing), CORIOLANUS, v. 4. 1; “coign of vantage” MACBETH, i. 6. 7 (“convenient corner,”JOHNSON); “the four opposing coigns” PERICLES, iii. Gower, 17. (here “the author seems to have considered the world as a stupendous edifice, artificially constructed,” MALONE) (The editors are at a loss for an example ofcoign in any other writer than Shakespeare. But compare
“And Cape of Hope, last coign of Africa.”
Sylvester's Du Bartas—The Colonies, p. 129, ed. 1641.
where the original has “angle dernier d'Afrique.”)

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    • William Shakespeare, Coriolanus, 5.4
    • William Shakespeare, Macbeth, 1.6
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