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soft adv. (1 elliptical for ‘go soft’)
1. stay!, stop! (freq.) Tp. I. ii. 446 “Soft, sir,” Ant. II. ii. 87 “Soft, Cæsar!—No, Lepidus, let him speak” ; with a pron. “soft you” Ado V. i. 212, Ham. III. i. 88; “Soft and fair” Ado V. iv. 72.
2. gently 2H4 V. ii. 97 “soft silencing your son.”
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