beard (v.)
defy, affront, oppose openly
1H4 IV.i.12.1[Douglas to Hotspur, of Hotspur] No man so potent breathes upon the ground / But I will beard him
1H6 I.iii.44[Winchester to Gloucester] I beard thee to thy face
2H6 IV.x.36[Cade to Iden] Brave thee? Ay, by the best blood that ever was broached, and beard thee too
Ham II.ii.423[Hamlet to one of the players] Comest thou to beard me in Denmark? [with pun on beard = hair]
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