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ensconce (old edd. also “insconce”; not pre-S.; in mod. use chiefly a revival from S.)
1. to shelter behind or within a ‘sconce’, earthwork, or fortification, (hence fig.) Wiv. II. ii. 28, Err. II. ii. 38, All'sW. II. iii. 4, Lucr. 1515 “therein so e-'d his secret evil,” Sonn. xlix. 9.
2. refl. to place oneself in a position of concealment or security Wiv. III. iii. 96 “ me behind the arras.”
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