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bone (the usual senses are freq.; 2 used only in oaths; 4 cf. ‘The lace-makers still call their work getting their bread out of the bones’, Nares)
1. “young bones,” unborn child Lr. II. iv. 165.
2. “ten bones,” fingers 2H6 I. iii. 193.
3. pl. some rude musical instrument MND. IV. i. 33.
4. pl. bobbins with which bone-lace was made Tw.N. II. iv. 45 “weave their thread with bones.”
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    • William Shakespeare, King Lear, 2.4
    • William Shakespeare, The Second Part of Henry VI, 1.3
    • William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream, 4.1
    • William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, Or what you will, 2.4
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