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check vb. (gen. sense ‘restrain, repress’ is freq.)
1. to stop short “at” Ham. IV. vii. 62 “As checking at his voyage, and that he means No more to undertake it.”
2. (of a hawk) to leave its quarry and fly at a chance bird that crosses its path Tw.N. II. v. 127, III. i. 72 “Not, like the haggard, check at every feather.”
3. to rebuke, reprove, chide All'sW. I. i. 77 “check'd for silence, But never tax'd for speech,” 2H4 I. ii. 224, R3 I. iv. 140, III. vii. 149, Cæs. IV. iii. 96 “Check'd like a bondman,” Lr. II. ii. 149.
4. to curb, control John II. i. 123, 3H6 III. ii. 166.
5. to rein in (horses) 3H6 II. vi. 12.
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  • Cross-references in text-specific dictionaries from this page (5):
    • William Shakespeare, King Lear, 2.2
    • William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, 4.7
    • William Shakespeare, King John, 2.1
    • William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, Or what you will, 2.5
    • William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, Or what you will, 3.1
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