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good year (in old edd. also “good-yeer(e, -yere, -jer, -ier”): app. used as a meaning less expletive in “What the ,” Wiv. I. iv. 127, Ado I. iii. 1, 2H4 II. iv. 63, 190; hence in imprecations, denoting some undefined malefic power Lr. V. iii. 24 “The g-s shall devour them.” ∥ Supposed by some, without evidence, to be orig. a word meaning ‘the French disease’.
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