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fine sb. (3 extension of the sense ‘pecuniary mulct’)
1. end Ado I. i. 255 [247] “the is, . . . I will live a bachelor,” All'sW. IV. iv. 35, Ham. V. i. 113 “is this the of his f-s” ; esp. in the phrase “in ,” in the end, finally All'sW. III. vii. 19, 1H6 I. iv. 34, Ham. II. ii. 69, Lr. II. i. 50;— All'sW. IV. iv. 35 “the f-'s the crown,” probably a translation of the Latin ‘Finis coronat opus’.
2. amicable agreement of a fictitious suit for the possession of lands, formerly in vogue where the ordinary modes of conveyance were not available or equally efficacious Ham. V. i. 112; “ and recovery,” means by which an estate tail was converted into a fee-simple, hence = absolute ownership Wiv. IV. ii. 229, quibblingly in Err. II. ii. 76.
3. penalty, punishment Meas. II. ii. 40, Cor. V. v. [vi.] 65
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