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it (cf. HIT; 1 arose in the 16th cent.)
1. very freq. with intransitive verbs as a kind of vague object, e.g. Tp. I. ii. 379 “Foot it featly,” Shr. I. ii. 75 “to wive it,” III. ii. 254 “to bride it,” H5 V. ii. 130 “to mince it,” H8 II. iii. 37 “to queen it,” Mac. II. iii. 20 “devil-porter it,” Cym. III. iii. 85 “to prince it.”
2. =there Gent. IV. iv. 72 “For 'tis no trusting to yond foolish lout.”
3. =its Tp. II. i. 170 “of it own kind” (Ff1 2; Ff3 4 “its”), Rom. i. III. 52 “it had upon it head a bump” (Qq Ff1 2; Ff3 4 “its”), Lr. I. iv. 237 “it had it head bit off by it young.”
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