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match sb. (“set a match”: see SET vb.)
1. opponent, antagonist 2H6 V. ii. 10 “ to I have encounter'd him.”
2. contest viewed with regard to the equality or inequality of the parties Troil. IV. v. 46 “It were no , your nail against his horn,” V. iv. 28 “art thou for Hector's ?,” Ham. II. ii. 501 [493] “Unequal ” (Qq “matcht”).
3. agreement, compact, bargain Wiv. II. ii. 307 “the hour is fixed, the is made,” Mer.V. III. i. 48 “another bad ,” 3H6 III. ii. 57, Troil. IV. v. 37, 269, Cym. III. vi. 30; “a match!,” agreed!, done! Tp. II. i. 35, Shr. V. ii. 74, Rom. II. iv. 76.
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