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letter (2 ‘hunt the letter’, ‘lick the letter’ were other Eliz. phrases)
1. “no letter,” not a word Cym. IV. iii. 36.
2. “affect the ,” practise alliteration LLL. IV. ii. 56.
3. pl. with sing. sense, esp.=formal communication issued by authority Ado I. i. 20, 1H6 V. iv. 95, R3 IV. v. 20 (Qq “These l-s,” Ff “My ”), Oth. IV. i. 286;=letter of recommendation Err. V. i. 138; cf. Oth. I. i. 36 “by ” (i.e. by commendatory letter, by favour).
4. literal meaning, literalness Oth. I. iii. 68 “in the bitter ,” Cym. V. v. 451 “Answering the letter of the oracle.”
5. learning Tp. II. i. 157 [150], Per. IV. Gower 8 “train'd In music's l-s” (mod. edd. “music, l-s”†); also “good l-s” in the same sense 2H4 IV. i. 44.
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