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Manner, 1) form of executing and performing, way, mode: “mark the m. of his teaching,” Shr. IV, 2, 5. “the m. of his gait,” Tw. II, 3, 170. Troil. IV, 5, 14. “the m. of your bearing,” Wint. IV, 4, 569. “the pretty and sweet m. of it,” H5 IV, 6, 28. “the m. of his speech,” Ant. II, 2, 114 (opposed to matter). “sets down the m. how,” Tw. III, 4, 80. “the m. how he found it,” Wint. V, 2, 4. “the m. how she came to it,” Wint. V, 2, 4 “unless I be obtained by the m. of my father's will,” Merch. I, 2, 118 (i. e. in the way prescribed by the testament of my father). “she is dead, and by strange m.” Caes. IV, 3, 189. “in this m.” Wiv. II, 1, 25. “in a most hideous and dreadful m.” IV, 4, 34. “in most uneven m.” Meas. IV, 4, 3. V, 196. Ado IV, 2, 64. Ado IV, 2, 64 LLL I, 1, 206. LLL I, 1, 206 211 “(in m. and form following).” Mids. II, 2, 130. As III, 2, 427. Tw. III, 4, 9. Wint. V, 2, 49. H6C III, 3, 178. H8 I, 2, 35. II, 4, 144. Troil. V, 7, 6. Cor. II, 3, 66. Tim. III, 6, 15. Lr. I, 4, 59. Per. I, 1, 147. In a m. and in m. == almost: “it is in a m. done already,” John V, 7, 89. “you have in m. with your sinful hours made a divorce betwixt his queen and him,” R2 III, 1, 11.
2) course, process: “I'll show you the m. of it,” Gent. II, 3, 15. “the cunning m. of our flight,” II, 4, 180. “the m. of it is, I was taken with the m.” LLL I, 1, 204.* “tell us the m. of the wrestling,” As I, 2, 118. “the m. of their taking,” R2 V, 6, 9. “the m. how this action hath been borne,” H4B IV, 4, 88. “the m. and true order of the fight,” H4B IV, 4, 88 “the treacherous m. of his death,” H6A II, 2, 16. “in writing I preferred the m. of thy vile outrageous crimes,” III, 1, 11. “tell us the m. of it,” Caes. I, 2, 234. Caes. I, 2, 234 “to relate the m. were to add the death of you,” Mcb. IV, 3, 205. “he has done all this . . . . here's the m. of it,” Ant. III, 6, 2. “the m. of their deaths,” V, 2, 340.
3) custom, habit, fashion: “it was ever his m. to do so,” Meas. IV, 2, 138. “I'll view the --s of the town,” Err. I, 2, 12. “it is the m. of a man to speak to a woman,” LLL I, 1, 212. “my lady, to the m. of the days, in courtesy gives undeserving praise,” V, 2, 365. “I am yet sc near the --s of my mother,” Tw. II, 1, 41. “our country --s give our betters way,” John I, 156. “whose --s our apish nation limps after,” R2 II, 1, 22. “these external --s of laments,” IV, 296. “your m. of wrenching,” H4B II, 1, 120. “we are the makers of --s,” H5 V, 2, 296. “showing, as the m. is, his wounds to the people,” Cor. II, 1, 251. “as the m. of our country is,” Rom. IV, 1, 109. “I am native here and to the m. born,” Hml. I, 4, 15.
4) kind, sort: “and words express the m. of my pity-wanting pain,” Sonn. 140, 4. “the grosser m. of these world's delights he throws upon the gross world's baser slaves,” LLL I, 1, 29. “the m. and the purpose of his treason,” R3 III, 5, 58. “beyond all m. of so much I love you,” Lr. I, 1, 62 (i. e. beyond any 'so much', any comparison, of whatever kind it may be). “all m. of men assembled here,” H6A I, 3, 74. “that no m. of persons have recourse unto the princes,” R3 III, 5, 108 (Ff no m. person). “what m. of man?” As III, 2, 216. Tw. I, 5, 161. III, 4, 288. Wint. IV, 3, 89. H4A II, 4, 323. H4A II, 4, 323 H8 V, 1, 118. “what m. o' thing is your crocodile?” Ant. II, 7, 46. Evans: “Mistress Quickly, which is in the m. of his nurse,” Wiv. I, 2, 3.
5) to be taken with the m. (apparently from another root), a law-term, == to be taken in the fact: LLL I, 1, 205. H4A II, 4, 347. “if you had not taken yourself with the m.” Wint. IV, 4, 752.
6) Plur. --s == a) behaviour, carriage, bearing: “their --s are more gentle-kind,” Tp. III, 3, 32. “frame your --s to the time,” Shr. I, 1, 232. “I advise you use your --s discreetly in all kind of companies,” Shr. I, 1, 232 “that changeth thus his --s,” Wint. I, 2, 375. “what foolish master taught you these --s?” H4B II, 1, 203. “thou dost affect my --s,” Tim. IV, 3, 199. “their --s are so apish,” Lr. I, 4, 184. “infected with their --s,” Lr. I, 4, 184 “these bloody accidents must excuse my --s,” Oth. V, 1, 94. b) rules of good breeding and decency: “beshrew my --s and my pride,” Mids. II, 2, 54. “we stand upon our --s,” Wint. IV, 4, 164. “our griefs, and not our --s, reason now,” John IV, 3, 29. “whom our --s term the prince,” R3 III, 7, 191. “my --s tell me we have your wrong rebuke,” Oth. I, 1, 130. “I extend my --s,” II, 1, 99. “you put me to forget a lady's --s,” Cymb. II, 3, 110. good --s == good breeding, civility, decency: As II, 7, 92. III, 2, 42. III, 2, 42 III, 2, 42 V, 4, 95. H4A III, 1, 190. H8 V, 2, 29. Rom. I, 5, 4. --s, alone, in the same sense: “a million of --s,” Gent. II, 1, 105. “against all checks, rebukes and --s,” Wiv. III, 4, 84. “if you have any pity, grace, or --s,” Mids. III, 2, 241. “I lack --s,” As IV, 3, 15. “if God have lent a man any --s, he may easily put it off at court,” All's II, 2, 9. V, 1, 15. Tw. II, 3, 94. IV, 1, 53. Wint. IV, 4, 244. H4A III, 1, 184. H6A II, 2, 54. H8 III, 2, 308. V, 1, 161. Tit. II, 1, 27. Rom. V, 3, 214. Tim. II, 2, 147. IV, 1, 18. Hml. V, 2, 17. Lr. IV, 6, 264. V, 3, 234. Treated as a sing.: All's II, 2, 9. Wint. IV, 4, 244. Rom. V, 3, 214. Lr. V, 3, 234. as a plur.: Tw. IV, 1, 53. R3 III, 7, 191. in --s, and with --s, == decently: “my tongue-tied Muse in --s holds her still,” Sonn. 85, 1. “it charges me in --s to express myself,” Tw. II, 1, 15. “how thy worth with --s may I sing,” Sonn. 39, 1. “can we with --s ask what was the difference?” Cymb. I, 4, 56. “I was thinking with what --s I might safely be admitted,” All's IV, 5, 93 (== how I might decently be admitted). -- c) cast of mind, morals, character: “their face their --s most expressly told,” Lucr. 1397. public means “which public --s breeds,” Sonn. 111, 4. “as disproportioned in his --s as in his shape,” Tp. V, 290. “though I am a daughter to his blood, I am not to his --s,” Merch. II, 3, 19. “a like proportion of lineaments, of --s and of spirit,” III, 4, 15. “neither his daughter, if we judge by --s,” As I, 2, 283. III, 2, 43. All's I, 1, 71. John II, 127. H4B IV, 4, 64. H4B IV, 4, 64 H5 I, 2, 49. H6B V, 1, 158. R3 IV, 4, 206. H8 IV, 2, 45. Tim. IV, 1, 25. Hml. I, 4, 30. Oth. II, 1, 232.
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