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diet sb. (1 the orig. sense etymologically, but ‘daily food’ is the earliest sense in English)
1. course of life R3 I. i. 139 “an evil diet.”
2. prescribed course of food, regimen Tim. IV. iii. 87 “the tub-fast and the ” ; phr. “take or keep ” Gent. II. i. 26, Meas. II. i. 120.
3. food, fare, victuals, board Tw.N. III. iii. 40 “I will bespeak our ,” 1H4 III. iii. 84 “You owe money . . . for your and by-drinkings,” Ham. I. i. 99*, Oth. III. iii. 15 “nice and waterish diet.”
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  • Cross-references in text-specific dictionaries from this page (4):
    • William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, 1.1
    • William Shakespeare, Two Gentlemen of Verona, 2.1
    • William Shakespeare, The First Part of Henry IV, 3.3
    • William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, Or what you will, 3.3
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