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Alone, 1) solitary, without company: “a., it was the subject of my theme, in company I glanced it,” Err. V, 65. Ven. 382. Ven. 382 Lucr. 795 “(a. a.).” Lucr. 795 Sonn. 4, 9. 29, 2. 36, 4. 66, 14. 105, 13. 131, 8. 141, 8. Pilgr. 130. Pilgr. 130 Gentl. I, 2, 1. II, 1, 21. III, 1, 99. III, 1, 127. IV, 3, 36. V, 4, 4. Wiv. III, 3, 38. Err. III, 1, 96. Ado II, 2, 34. III, 1, 13. LLL IV, 3, 328. Mids. II, 1, 225. 2, 87. Merch. III, 2, 151. As I, 1, 167 (if ever he go a. again, i. e. without help). III, 2, 270 etc.
Let alone (originally let be alone) == do not care for: “let them a. awhile, and then open the door,” H4A II, 4, 95. “let her a., and list to me,” III, 3, 110. let them a. == do not assist them, H4B II, 3, 41. Hence == forbear molesting, or meddling with: Tp. IV, 223. Tp. IV, 223 Gentl. II, 4, 167. Wiv. IV, 2, 145. Ado III, 3, 48. Mids. III, 2, 332. Merch. III, 3, 19. Tw. IV, 1, 35. Wint. V, 3, 73. R2 V, 3, 86. H4A II, 4, 231. H4B III, 2, 123. H6A I, 2, 44. H8 V, 2, 34. Cor. I, 6, 41. Rom. I, 5, 67. Lr. III, 4, 3. IV, 7, 51. Ant. V, 1, 71. Cymb. V, 5, 305. Then == forbear: “let your epilogue a.” Mids. V, 369. “let thy courtesies a.” All's V, 3, 324. “let't alone,” Shr. IV, 3, 195. “let these threats a.” Troil. IV, 5, 261. H4B II, 1, 169. H8 II, 1, 101. Ant. II, 5, 3. let alone, without an object, Tit. IV, 1, 102. Sometimes it is as much as let me do alone: “let me a. with him,” Tw. II, 3, 145. III, 4, 106. III, 4, 106 III, 4, 106 Shr. IV, 2, 71. H4A V, 4, 53. H6B IV, 2, 109. H8 I, 4, 34. Cor. I, 2, 27. Tit. I, 449. IV, 3, 114. Rom. IV, 2, 42.
Leave me a. == let me a.: “leave me a. to woo him,” As I, 3, 135 (cf. Cor. I, 2, 27).
2) only, without another: “contenting but the eye a.” Ven. 213. “light a. upon his head,” Lucr. 1480. “thine a.” Sonn. 31, 12. “which thou deservest a.,” 39, 8. 42, 14. 45, 7. 79, 1. 84, 2. 91, 13. Meas. II, 1, 40. Err. II, 1, 107. LLL IV, 1, 34. Cor. I, 6, 76. Ant. III, 13, 154. 11, 38 (== only, but) etc. “All alone:” Sonn. 124, 11. As II, 7, 136. Hml. I, 5, 102. III, 1, 190. Not alone -- but == not only -- but: John I, 210. H8 III, 2, 157. Hml. I, 2, 77. 3, 11. Lr. I, 1, 300.
3) without a parallel: “she is a.” Gentl. II, 4, 167. H8 II, 4, 136 (M. Edd. thou art, alone). “that must needs be sport a.” Mids. III, 2, 119. “that it a. is high fantastical,” Tw. I, 1, 15. “I am a. the villain of the earth,” Ant. IV, 6, 30 (par excellence). Perhaps also in: “you all three, the senators a. of this great world,” Ant. II, 6, 9 (cf. only).
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