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merchandise - mince
1. dish (of food), course of dishes Wiv. III. i. 63 “a of porridge,” Shr. IV. iv. 70, Wint. IV. iii. [iv.] 11 “our feasts In every have folly,” Tim. IV. iii. 427, Lr. I. i. 119.
2. quantity of food stuff sufficient for a dish 2H4 II. i. 106 “to borrow a mess of vinegar.”
3. one of the groups of persons, normally four, into which the company at a banquet was divided; Wint. I. ii. 227 “lower m-es” (i.e. people of inferior status), John I. i. 190 “He and his toothpick at my worship's mess,” Ham. V. ii. 90 “at the king's mess.”