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hemp: the material of the hangman's halter H5 III. vi. 45; so hempen in jocular phr. 2H6 IV. vii. 94 “Ye shall have a caudle then.” ∥ Of such phrases there were many, e.g. ‘be not caute in an hempen snare’ (Skelton), ‘dauncing in a hempen circle’ (Nashe).
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    • William Shakespeare, Henry V, 3.6
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