occasion (n.) 1
circumstance, opportunity
1H6 IV.i.130 [Gloucester to Richard and Somerset, of Vernon and Basset] you do not well ... to take occasion from their mouths
2H6 V.iii.5 [York to all, of Salisbury] like a gallant in the brow of youth, / Repairs him with occasion
3H6 I.ii.45 [York to all] I seek occasion how to rise
AYL IV.iii.130 [Oliver to Rosalind as Ganymede and Celia as Aliena, of Orlando] nature, stronger than his just occasion [i.e. the perfect excuse]
Cor II.i.28 [Menenius to Brutus and Sicinius] a very little thief of occasion will rob you of a great deal of patience [i.e. the slightest thing will make you impatient]
E3 I.i.67 [King Edward to all] See how occasion laughs me in the face!
H5 III.ii.100 [Jamy to all] I sall quit you with gud leve, as I may pick occasion
Ham I.iii.54 [Laertes to Polonius or Ophelia] Occasion smiles upon a second leave
Ham II.ii.16 [Claudius to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern] gather / So much as from occasion you may glean [Q2; F Occasions]
KJ V.iv.51 [Salisbury to Melun, of returning his allegiance to King John] I do love the favour and the form / Of this most fair occasion
KL I.iii.25 [Gonerill to Oswald] I would breed from hence occasions ... / That I may speak
LLL II.i.69 [Rosaline to Princess, of Berowne] His eye begets occasion for his wit
LLL IV.ii.71 [Holofernes to Nathaniel and Dull, of his literary gifts] These are ... delivered upon the mellowing of occasion [i.e. when the time is ripe]
MV III.v.51 [Lorenzo to Launcelot] Yet more quarrelling with occasion [i.e. quibbling at every opportunity]
Oth II.i.235 [Iago to Roderigo, of Cassio] a finder out of occasions
R3 II.ii.148 [Buckingham to Richard] I'll sort occasion ... / To part the Queen's proud kindred from the Prince
Tem II.i.177 [Gonzalo to Alonso, of Antonio and Sebastian] I ... did it to minister occasion to these gentlemen
Tem II.i.211 [Antonio to Sebastian] Th'occasion speaks thee [i.e. speaks to thee]
TN I.ii.44 [Viola to Captain, of not revealing herself] Till I had made mine own occasion mellow [i.e. until the time is ripe]
TN I.v.82 [Malvolio to Olivia, of Feste] unless you laugh and minister occasion to him, he is gagged
TS II.i.36 [Katherina to Baptista, of Bianca] I will go sit and weep, / Till I can find occasion of revenge
WT IV.iv.827 [Autolycus alone] I am courted now with a double occasion: gold, and a means to do the Prince my master good

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