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Peasant, one whose business is rural labour, a hind: As I, 1, 73. H5 IV, 1, 301. IV, 2, 26. H6B IV, 4, 33. Caes. IV, 3, 74. Cymb. V, 1, 24. Adjectively: through the p. towns, H4B Ind. 33 (Ff peasant-towns).*
Mostly used as a term of reproach: Lucr. 1392. Gent. IV, 4, 47. V, 2, 35. Wiv. II, 2, 294. Err. II, 1, 81. V, 231. Shr. Ind. 1, 135. R2 IV, 252. H4B I, 1, 113. H5 IV, 4, 40. H6A V, 4, 21. V, 5, 53. H6B IV, 8, 21. R3 V, 3, 317. Tim. II, 2, 174. Hml. V, 1, 152. Lr. III, 7, 80. IV, 6, 235. Adjectively: “you p. swain,” Shr. IV, 1, 132. “their p. limbs,” H5 IV, 7, 80. “like p. foot-boys,” H6A III, 2, 69. “the p. boys of France,” IV, 6, 48. “what a rogue and p. slave am I,” Hml. II, 2, 576.
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