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fancy sb. (2 the commonest S. sense)
1. fantasticalness LLL. I. i. 169, Ham. I. iii. 71 “Costly thy habit . . . But not express'd in fancy.”
2. amorous inclination, love Mer.V. III. ii. 63 “Tell me where is bred,” AYL. III. v. 29, Tw.N. II. iv. 33 “Our fancies are more giddy and unfirm . . . Than women's are,” Oth. III. iv. 64; used for ‘one in love’ Compl. 61, 197
3. musical composition in an impromptu style Shr. III. ii. 71, 2H4 III. ii. 346.
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    • William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, 1.3
    • William Shakespeare, As You Like It, 3.5
    • William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, 3.2
    • William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, Or what you will, 2.4
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