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flesh vb. (the orig. meaning was ‘to reward a hawk or a hound with a piece of the flesh of the game killed to excite its eagerness in the chase’)
1. to initiate in or inure to bloodshed John V. i. 71 “ his spirit in a war-like soil,” Lr. II. ii. 50 “come, I'll flesh ye.”
2. to inflame the ardour or rage of (a person) by a foretaste of success, &c. Tw.N. IV. i. 44 “you are well f-ed,” 2H4 I. i. 149 “f-'d with conquest,” H5 II. iv. 50 “flesh'd upon us.”
3. to plunge (a weapon) into flesh 2H4 IV. v. 131 “the wild dog Shall his tooth in every innocent;— ” one's “maiden sword,” use it for the first time in battle 1H4 V. iv. 132, 1H6 IV. vii. 36 “Did his puny sword in Frenchmen's blood.”
4. to gratify (lust) All'sW. IV. iii. 19 “he f-s his will in the spoil of her honour.”
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    • William Shakespeare, King Lear, 2.2
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    • William Shakespeare, The First Part of Henry IV, 5.4
    • William Shakespeare, Henry V, 2.4
    • William Shakespeare, The First Part of Henry VI, 4.7
    • William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, Or what you will, 4.1
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