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dagger (S. is earliest for fig. uses exemplified in Mer.V. III. i. 118, Mac. II. iii. 147, Ham. III. ii. 421)
1. “rapier” (or “sword) and ,” method of fighting introduced towards the end of the 16th cent. and taking the place of sword-and-buckler fighting Wiv. I. i. 297, Ham. V. ii. 152; attrib. Meas. IV. iii. 16 “the rapier and dagger man.”
2. “ of lath,” wooden weapon borne by Vice in the morality plays Tw.N. IV. ii. 140, 1H4 II. iv. 154; cf. 2H4 III. ii. 347 “Vice's ,” H5 IV. iv. 78 “pare his nails with a wooden ” (cf. Tw.N. IV. ii. 138-144).
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