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matter (1 peculiar to S.)
1. sense, substance (as opposed to nonsense or trifling) Ado II. i. 346 “to speak all mirth and no ,” AYL. II. i. 68 “he's full of ,” Lr. IV. iv. 179 “O! matter and impertinency mix'”
2. phrases:—“ in it,” some importance attaching to it Wint. IV. iii. 880 [iv. 874], Oth. III. iv. 138; “it's no for,” there is no importance attaching to (the thing in question) H5 V. i. 17 “'Tis no for his swellings” ; esp. “it's no for that”=that does not matter Gent. III. i. 337, Wiv. I. iv. 120, Cor. IV. v. 174; “no such ,” nothing of the kind Ado I. i. 199 [192], Sonn. lxxxvii. 14; used to give an emphatic negative to a previous statement or implication Ado II. iii. 236 [225], V. iv. 82, Tw.N. III. i. 5, 2H4 Ind. 15, Troil. III. i. 99, Ham. II. ii. 279; “to the ,” to the point Ham. III. ii. 344 [336], Cym. V. v. 170; “off the ,” irrelevantly Wiv. III. v. 10.
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