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how (obs. or archaic uses are)
1. phr. “How's the day?,” What hour of the day is it? Tp. V. i. 3; “How say you?,” What is your opinion? What do you mean? Tp. II. i. 262 [254], Ham. II. ii. 190; “How so?,” How is that? Why? Wiv. III. v. 71, Troil. III. iii. 247.
3. orig. ellipt. for ‘How is that?’ or ‘How say you?’, hence=‘What!’ Meas. II. i. 72, Cæs. II. i. 312.
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