straw (n.) Old form(s): Strawes
trivial matter, trifle
Ham IV.iv.26[Hamlet to Captain] twenty thousand ducats / Will not debate the question of this straw
Ham IV.v.6[Gentleman to Gertrude, of Ophelia] she ... / Spurns enviously at straws
KJ III.iv.128[Cardinal Pandulph to Lewis the Dauphin, of the way to the English throne] the breath of what I mean to speak / Shall blow each dust, each straw ... / Out of the path
WT III.ii.109[Hermione to Leontes, of life] I prize it not a straw
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