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-a used, without affecting the meaning, to provide an extra syllable in burlesque verse Wint. IV. ii. 134, 136 [iii. 133, 135], IV. iii. 326 [iv. 324] “My dainty duck, my dear-a,” Ham. IV. v. 170, &c.
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