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bias sb. (all the uses are derived from bowls)
1. one-sided form of the bowl which gives an oblique motion to it; in fig. phrase “against the bias” Shr. IV. v. 25, R2 III. iv. 5; “assays of bias,” indirect attempts Ham. II. i. 65.
2. fig. swaying influence John II. i. 574, &c.
3. preponderating tendency, bent Tw.N. V. i. 270 “nature to her bias drew” ; LLL. IV. ii. 114, Pilgr. v. 5 [61] (‘the student leaves his special study’).
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    • William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, 2.1
    • William Shakespeare, King John, 2.1
    • William Shakespeare, Richard II, 3.4
    • William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, Or what you will, 5.1
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