matter (n.) 4
affair(s), business, real issue
2H6 I.iii.33 [Suffolk to Peter] We'll hear more of your matter before the King
3H6 III.iii.258 [Warwick alone, of Edward] Matter of marriage was the charge he gave me
AC II.vii.56 [Pompey aside to Menas] The matter?
AW IV.v.74 [Lafew to Countess] there is no fitter matter
Cym IV.iii.28 [Cymbeline to all] I am amazed with matter
H8 I.i.126 [Buckingham to Norfolk, of Wolsey] I read in's looks / Matter against me
LLL I.i.198 [Costard to Berowne, of Armado's letter] The matter is to me, sir, as concerning Jaquenetta
MM IV.v.3 [Duke to Friar Peter] The matter being afoot
MM V.i.91 [Duke to Isabella] The matter. Proceed
MW [Fenton to Host, of Anne's letter] The mirth whereof so larded with my matter / That neither singly can be manifested / Without the show of both
Oth I.i.84 [Brabantio to Roderigo] What is the matter there?
Oth I.ii.38 [Othello to Cassio] What is the matter, think you?
Oth V.ii.47 [Desdemona to Othello] What's the matter?
RJ I.iii.8 [Lady Capulet to Juliet] This is the matter
TC II.iii.184 [Ulysses to Agamemnon, of Achilles] the proud lord, / That ... never suffers matter of the world / Enter his thoughts
TG II.v.19 [Speed to Launce, of Proteus and Julia] how stands the matter with them?
TN I.v.203 [Viola as Cesario to Olivia] my words are as full of peace as matter
TN III.i.85 [Viola as Cesario to Olivia] My matter hath no voice, lady, but to your own most pregnant and vouchsafed ear
TNK II.ii.43 [Third Countryman to the others, of the schoolmaster] The matter's too far driven between him / And the tanner's daughter to let slip now [i.e. the love affair]
WT I.ii.166 [Polixenes to Leontes, of Florizel] If at home, sir, / He's all my exercise, my mirth, my matter [i.e. my serious as well as my pleasureable moments]
WT IV.iv.679 [Autolycus to himself, of the arrival of the Clown and Shepherd] Here is more matter for a hot brain
WT V.ii.103 [Second Gentleman to other Gentlemen, of Paulina] I thought she had some great matter there in hand