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Scruple, subst. 1) the third part of a dram; proverbially a very small quantity: Meas. I, 1, 38. Ado V, 1, 93. Merch. IV, 1, 330. All's II, 3, 234. Tw. II, 5, 2. Tw. III, 4, 87 (punning). Troil. IV, 1, 70.
2) doubt: “no dram of a s., no s. of a s.” Tw. III, 4, 87. Tw. III, 4, 87 “how I should be your patient to follow your prescriptions, the wise may make some dram of a s., or indeed a s. itself,” H4B I, 2, 149. “made s. of his praise,” Cymb. V, 5, 182.
3) doubtful perplexity, cause of indetermination: Wiv. V, 5, 157. Meas. I, 1, 65. John II, 370. IV, 1, 7. R2 V, 5, 13. H6A V, 3, 93. H8 II, <*>, H6A V, 3, 93 II, 2, 88. II, 4, 150. II, 4, 150 IV, 1, 31. Troil. IV, 1, 56 (not making any s. of her soilure == taking no offence at her soilure). Mcb. II, 3, 135. IV, 3, 116. Hml. IV, 4, 40.
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