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jest sb. (the meaning ‘object of ridicule’ Wiv. III. iii. 161 is not pre-S.)
1. merriment, jocosity Ham. V. i. 203.
2. frolic, prank, practical joke MND. III. ii. 239 “hold the sweet jest up.”
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    • William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, 5.1
    • William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream, 3.2
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