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forward (1 not pre-S.; the meanings ‘early’, ‘ready, prompt’, ‘precocious’, ‘pert, bold’ occur)
1. situated at the front Tp. II. ii. 98 “His voice,” All'sW. III. ii. 116 “Whoever charges on his breast,” V. iii. 39 “Let's take the instant by the forward top.”
2. eager, ardent, zealous R2 IV. i. 72 “How fondly dost thou spur a horse,” 2H4 I. i. 173, R3 III. ii. 46 “ Upon his party,” H8 IV. i. 9, Tit. I. i. 56.
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    • William Shakespeare, Richard II, 4.1
    • William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 2.2
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