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counter “and yet draws dry-foot well—A hound that runs,” THE COMEDY OF ERRORS, iv. 2. 39. To run counter is to mistake the course of the game, or to turn and pursue the backward trail; to draw dry-foot is to track by the scent of the foot: “To run counter and draw dry-foot well are therefore inconsistent. The jest consists in the ambiguity of the word counter, which means the wrong way in the chace and a prison in London. The officer that arrested him was a sergeant of the counter” (JOHNSON) . “You hunt counter: hence! avaunt!” 2 HENRY IV., i. 2. 85 ; “O, this is counter, you false Danish dogs!” HAMLET, iv. 5. 107.

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    • William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, 4.5
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