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four: used like the Fr. ‘quatre’ for an indefinite number, large or small according to the circumstances (cf. FORTY) Tw.N. I. iii. 115 “it's to one,” Wint. V. ii. 155 [148] “any time these hours,” 1H4 II. ii. 14 “If I travel but foot,” H5 V. i. 43 “I will peat his pate days,” Cor. I. ii. 6 “'Tis not days gone,” Ham. II. ii. 160 “he walks hours together” (mod. edd. incorrectly “for”†), Ant. II. vii. 109 “I had rather fast from all days.” ∥ Freq. in Eliz. writers.
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