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much (3 now only in phr. ‘much like’)
1. used ironically, where ‘no’ would be used in serious language AYL. IV. iii. 2 “Is it not past two o'clock? And here much Orlando!” ; also as adv. = not at all 2H4 II. iv. 141 “God's light! with two points on your shoulder? much!.”
2. “'tis ,” it is a great or difficult thing or a serious matter 1H6 IV. i. 192, R3 III. vii. 92 (Qq “hard”), Cym. I. vi. 79, Ven. 411; so “think (it) much,” regard as important or onerous, be shy of (doing something) Tp. I. ii. 252 “think'st it to tread the ooze,” 2H6 IV. i. 18 “think you much to pay two thousand crowns?.”
3. adv. pretty nearly, approximately Meas. III. ii. 248 “Much upon this riddle runs the wisdom of the world,” H5 V. ii. 203 “ at one” (= very much the same), Rom. I. iii. 72 “much upon these years.”
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