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abridgement: means of shortening or whiling away the time, pastime MND. V. i. 39 “what abridgement have you for this evening?,” Ham. II. ii. 448 “look where my abridgement comes” [i.e. the players].
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    • William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, 2.2
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