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copy (=‘specimen of penmanship’ in 2H6 IV. ii. 99
1. copyhold, tenure of land ‘by copy’, i.e. according to the copy of the manorial court-roll, (fig.) Mac. III. ii. 38 “in them nature's copy's not eterne.”
2. pattern, example All'sW. I. ii. 46 “a copy to these younger times,” John IV. ii. 113, H5 III. i. 24, Tim. III. iii. 32 “takes virtuous copies to be wicked.”
3. original Sonn. xi. 14 “nor let that copy die.”
4. minutes or memoranda of a conference, (hence) subject-matter, theme Err. V. i. 62 “the copy of our conference.”
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    • William Shakespeare, Macbeth, 3.2
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    • William Shakespeare, The Comedy of Errors, 5.1
    • William Shakespeare, Henry V, 3.1
    • William Shakespeare, The Second Part of Henry VI, 4.2
    • William Shakespeare, Sonnets, xi
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