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closely (obs. in both S. uses)
1. in close confinement Shr. I. i. 187 “closely mew'd her up,” R3 I. i. 38.
2. secretly, covertly, privately LLL. IV. iii. 137 “ shrouded in this bush,” R3 III. i. 159, Rom. V. iii. 255 “Meaning to keep her closely at my cell,” Ham. III. i. 29 “we have closely sent for Hamlet hither.”
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    • William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, 3.1
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