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godfather: fig. sometimes with ref. to the godfather's naming the child at baptism LLL. I. i. 88 “These early g-s of heaven's lights That give a name to every fixed star,” Ven. Ded. 5:—jocularly, pl. jurymen whose verdict brings a man to the gallows Mer.V. IV. i. 399 (cf. ‘I will leaue you To your God-fathers in Law, Let twelve men worke,’ Jonson, ‘twelve God-vathers, good men and true’ Randolph).
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    • William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, 4.1
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