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death (first in S. as an exclamation H8 I. iii. 13)
1. “the death”: a common idiom in earlier English Err. I. i. 146 “adjudged to the ,” MND. I. i. 65, R2 III. i. 29, H5 IV. i. 184, R3 I. ii. 179 “beg the ” ; also in phrases still current “die the , to the , be the death of.”
2. skeleton, or skull Mer.V. II. vii. 63 “A carrion ,” John V. ii. 177 “A bare-ribb'd ” ; cf. “d-'s face” LLL. V. ii. 613, “death's-head” Mer.V. I. ii. 55.
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    • William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, 1.2
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    • William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream, 1.1
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