scruple (n.) 1
tiny amount, last ounce
2H4 I.ii.132 [Falstaff to Lord Chief Justice] the wise may make some dram of a scruple, or indeed a scruple itself [second instance]
AW II.iii.220 [Lafew to Parolles, of the insults Parolles deserves] I will not bate thee a scruple
MA V.i.93 [Antonio to Leonato, of Claudio and Don Pedro] I know ... what they weigh, even to the utmost scruple
MM I.i.37 [Duke to Angelo] Nature never lends / The smallest scruple of her excellence
MV IV.i.327 [Portia as Balthasar to Shylock, of weighing Antonio's flesh] the division of the twentieth part / Of one poor scruple
TC IV.i.71 [Diomedes to Paris, of Helen] for every scruple / Of her contaminated carrion weight / A Trojan hath been slain
TN II.v.2 [Fabian to Sir Toby] If I lose a scruple of this sport, let me be boiled to death with melancholy
TN III.iv.79 [Malvolio alone] no dram of a scruple, no scruple of a scruple ... can come between me and the full prospect of my hopes [also: doubt]

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