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guard vb.: to ornament with ‘guards’ (see prec. 4), to trim Mer.V. II. ii. 170, H8 Prol. 16 “a long motley coat g -ed with yellow”; fig. Ado I. i. 296 [288], John IV. ii. 10 “To a title that was rich before.” ∥ The only pre-Eliz. meaning of the word.
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    • William Shakespeare, King John, 4.2
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