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forty (1 very common in Eliz. dramatists)
1. used indefinitely to express a large number Err. IV. iii. 84 “worth ducats,” Cor. III. i. 242 “I could beat of them,” Sonn. ii. 1 “When winters shall besiege thy brow” ; so “ thousand” Wint. IV. iii. [iv.] 279, R2 III. ii. 85 (Ff Q5; others “twenty”), Ham. V. i. 291, Oth. III. iii. 443.
2. “ pence,” a customary amount for a wager H8 II. iii. 89.
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    • William Shakespeare, Coriolanus, 3.1
    • William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, 5.1
    • William Shakespeare, The Comedy of Errors, 4.3
    • William Shakespeare, Richard II, 3.2
    • William Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale, 4.3
    • William Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale, 4.4
    • William Shakespeare, Sonnets, ii
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