sinew (n.) Old form(s): sinewes , sinewes, sinnewes, synewes
muscle
3H6 II.iii.4[Warwick alone] strokes received ... / Have robbed my strong-knit sinews of their strength
Cor V.vi.45[Aufidius to First Conspirator, of Coriolanus] my sinews shall be stretched upon him [i.e. I will strain every nerve against him]
H5 II.ii.36[Scroop to King Henry] service shall with steeled sinews toil [or: strength]
Ham I.v.94[Hamlet alone] And you, my sinews, grow not instant old, / But bear me stiffly up [F; Q2 swiftly]
TC I.iii.136[Ulysses to Agamemnon, of emulation] 'tis this fever that keeps Troy on foot, / Not her own sinews
TC II.i.99[Thersites to Achilles] a great deal of your wit, too, lies in your sinews
TC III.i.150[Paris to Helen, of Hector's armour] Shall more obey [your fingers] than to the edge of steel / Or force of Greekish sinews
TC IV.v.126[Hector to Ajax, quoting Ajax on his mixed heritage] the sinews of this leg / All Greek
TC V.iii.33[Hector to Troilus] Let grow thy sinews till their knots be strong
TC V.viii.12[Achilles to dead Hector] Here lies thy heart, thy sinews, and thy bone
Tem III.i.26[Ferdinand to Miranda] I had rather crack my sinews
Tem IV.i.260[Prospero to Ariel, of Caliban, Stephano, and Trinculo] shorten up their sinews / With aged cramps
TNK I.i.69[Theseus to First Queen, of Hercules] He ... swore his sinews thawed
TNK II.iv.2[Theseus to Arcite] I have not seen, / Since Hercules, a man of tougher sinews
TNK IV.ii.127[Messenger to Theseus, of one of the knights] his arms are brawny, / Lined with strong sinews
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