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carry (the chief fig. uses are the foll.)
1. to win, obtain Cor. II. i. 257 “rather Than carry it” [i.e. the consulship] “by the suit o' the gentry”; so carry it, win the day Wiv. III. ii. 73 “he will carry't” All'sW. IV. i. 30, Oth. I. i. 67 “What a full fortune does the thick-lips owe” (=possess), “If he can carry't thus!”
2. to take by assault, conquer All'sW. III. vii. 19 “Lays down his wanton siege before her beauty, Resolv'd to carry her,” Cor. IV. vii. 27 “think you he'll Rome?”
3. to conduct, manage Meas. III. i. 269, Ado IV. i. 212, MND. III. ii. 240 “This sport, well carried,” Lr. V. iii. 37 “carry it so As I have set it down” ; refl. to behave or conduct oneself All'sW. IV. iii. 121, H8 II. iv. 141 “like her true nobility, she has Carried herself towards me” ; so also carry it, conduct matters, behave, act Tw.N. III. iv. 152 “we may it thus.”
4. to endure, put up with Rom. IV. v. 120, Lr. III. ii. 48 “man's nature cannot carry The affliction.” carry it away, carry the day Rom. III. i. 79, Ham. II. ii. 385; carry out “my side,” win my game Lr. V. i. 61; carry through “itself,” be successful Lr. I. iv. 3.
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