bear in hand Old form(s): beare , beares
abuse, take advantage of, delude, deceive
Ham II.ii.67[Voltemand to Claudius, of old Fortinbras] his sickness, age, and impotence / Was falsely borne in hand
MA IV.i.299[Beatrice to Benedick, of Claudio and Hero] What, bear her in hand until they come to take hands
Mac III.i.80[Macbeth to Murderers] I ... passed in probation with you / How you were borne in hand
TS IV.ii.3[Tranio as Lucentio to Hortensio as Licio, of Bianca] she bears me fair in hand
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