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After, prep. 1) behind, following, in pursuit of: “Venus' eye which a. him she darts,” Ven. 817. “fly a. summer,” Tp. V, 92. “sent a. thee,” Gent. I, 3, 74. “send a. the duke and appeal to him,” Meas. I, 2, 178. “a. him!” IV, 3, 69. “shut doors a. you,” Merch. II, 5, 53. IV, 1, 396. V, 216. Alls II, 1, 58. R2 V, 6, 52 etc. Implying the notion of desire: “he a. honour hunts, I a. love,” Gent. I, 1, 63. “will they yet look a. thee?” Wiv. II, 2, 146. “is lechery so looked a.?” Meas. I, 2, 148. “inquisitive a. one,” Err. I, 1, 127. “to hearken a. the flesh,” LLL I, 1, 220 (Costard's speech). “hope not a. it,” As III, 5, 45. “look a. him,” Tw. I, 5, 144 (take care of him). H6B III, 1, 219. Mcb. V, 1, 83.
2) under, next to: “a. God, thou set'st me free,” H6C IV, 6, 16.
3) later, posterior to: “a. two days,” Tp. I, 2, 298. III, 2, 93. III, 2, 93 Gent. II, 1, 30. II, 7, 37. III, 2, 82. III, 2, 82 Meas. I, 2, 40 etc. “a. all this fooling, I would not have it so,” Meas. I, 2, 71 (i. e. though this fooling may have amused us). “a. well entered soldiers,” Alls II, 1, 6 (quite a Latinism: after having well entered upon our soldiership).
4) according to, conformable to: “imitated a. you,” Sonn. 53, 6. “drawn a. you,” 98, 12. “he does not talk a. the wisest,” Tp. II, 2, 76. “thy complexion shifts to strange effects, a. the moon,” Meas. III, 1, 25. “not made a. this downright way of creation,” III, 2, 112. Ado I, 1, 69. LLL III, 21. IV, 2, 17. Tw. III, 4, 85. Wint. IV, 4, 183. Wint. IV, 4, 183 H4B V, 2, 129. H8 I, 3, 14. Troil. III, 2, 209. Cor. II, 3, 234. Cor. II, 3, 234 V, 1, 46. V, 6, 58. Tit. IV, 1, 70. Rom. I, 4, 8. Hml. II, 2, 555. V, 2, 187. Lr. I, 2, 107. Oth. I, 3, 69. Cymb. I, 1, 71. II, 3, 5. IV, 2, 334 etc. Pompey says: “I'll rent the fairest house a. three pence a bay,” Meas. II, 1, 255, i. e. according to, or at, the rate of three pence.
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