Polack (n.) Old form(s): Poleak, Pollax
Poles, Polish people
Ham I.i.63[Horatio to Marcellus and Barnardo, of King Hamlet] He smote the sledded Polacks on the ice [a reading of F Pollax; >> poleaxe]
Ham II.ii.63[Voltemand to Claudius] a preparation 'gainst the Polack
Ham IV.iv.23[Hamlet to Captain, of the land being fought over] the Polack never will defend it [i.e. the Polish nation]
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