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in prep. (1 extension of the normal use in which ‘in’ with a gerund is equivalent to a clause, e.g. Tp. II. i. 226
1. used redundantly with gerunds R2 V. v. 54, 1H6 V. iii. 41 “suddenly surpris'd By bloody hands, in sleeping on your beds,” H8 I. i. 145, Troil. III. iii. 250, Cor. IV. vi. 132 “cast Your . . . caps in hooting at Coriolanus' exile.”
2. =at Oth. I. ii. 94 “In this time of the night.”
3. =on 2H4 I. ii. 237 “in a hot day.”
4. used where no prep. is now expressed Meas. IV. iv. 9 “why should we proclaim it in an hour before his entering.”
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    • William Shakespeare, Coriolanus, 4.6
    • William Shakespeare, The First Part of Henry VI, 5.3
    • William Shakespeare, Richard II, 5.5
    • William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 2.1
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