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file sb. (2 and 3 are not pre-Eliz.)
1. list, roll All'sW. IV. iii. 190 “the muster-,” 2H4 I. iii. 10, H8 I. i. 75 “the Of all the gentry,” Mac. III. i. 95 “the valu'd file.”
2. the number of men constituting the depth from front to rear of a formation in line; often used loosely for ‘ranks, numbers, army’ All'sW. III. iii. 9 “Great Mars, I put myself into thy ,” IV. iii. 305 “the doubling of f-s” (=putting two files into one and so making the ranks smaller), Cor. V. v. [vi.] 34, Tim. V. ii. 1 “are his f-s As full as thy report?,” Ant. I. i. 3, IV. i. 12.
3. body (of persons), properly, a small one H8 I. ii. 42, V. iv. 60 “a of boys,” Cor. II. i. 26 “us o' the righthand ” (=the patricians), Cym. V. iii. 30 (‘three who are really active practically constitute the whole troop’); hence in phrases “the greater ,” the majority Meas. III. ii. 148 “The common ,” the common herd Cor. I. vi. 43.
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