rail (v.) Old form(s): raild , rail'd , raile , railes , rayld , rayl'd , rayle , rayl'st
rant, rave, be abusive [about]
3H6 II.vi.81[Richard to all, of dead Clifford] I in all despite might rail at him
AC I.ii.108[Antony to Messenger] Rail thou in Fulvia's phase
AC IV.xv.43[Cleopatra to Antony] let me rail so high / That the false housewife Fortune break her wheel
AYL I.i.58[Orlando to Oliver] thou hast railed on thyself
AYL II.v.57[Jaques to Amiens] I'll rail against all the first-born of Egypt
AYL II.vii.16[Jaques to Duke Senior, of Touchstone] I met a fool, / Who ... railed on Lady Fortune in good terms
AYL III.ii.270[Jaques to Orlando] we two will rail against our mistress the world
AYL IV.iii.43[Rosalind as Ganymede to Silvius, of Phebe's letter to Ganymede] Can a woman rail thus?
CE IV.iv.72[Antipholus of Ephesus to Dromio of Ephesus, of Adriana] Did not her kitchen-maid rail, taunt, and scorn me?
Cym IV.ii.56.1[Arviragus to Belarius and Guiderius, of disguised Innogen's sigh] it would fly ... to commix / With winds that sailors rail at
H5 II.ii.41[King Henry to Exeter] Enlarge the man committed yesterday / That railed against our person
H8 V.iv.47[Man to Porter, of a haberdasher's wife] that railed upon me till her pinked porringer fell off her head
KJ II.i.587[Bastard alone] And why rail I on this commodity?
KJ II.i.592[Bastard alone] Like a poor beggar raileth on the rich
KL II.ii.117[Oswald to Cornwall, of disguised Kent] he ... insulted, railed
KL II.ii.23[Oswald to disguised Kent] to rail on one that is neither known of thee nor knows thee
KL IV.vi.153[Lear to Gloucester] See how yon justice rails upon yon simple thief
Luc.1023[Lucrece] In vain I rail at Opportunity
Luc.1467[Lucrece, of Priam] I'll ... / And rail on Pyrrhus that hath done him wrong
MA II.iii.143[Leonato to Claudio, of Beatrice] she ... railed at herself
MA II.iii.230[Benedick alone] I have railed so long against marriage
MND III.ii.362[Oberon to Puck] sometime rail thou like Demetrius
MV I.iii.45[Shylock to himself, of Antonio] he rails ... / On me, my bargains, and my well-won thrift
MV IV.i.139[Shylock to Gratiano] Till thou canst rail the seal from off my bond
MW IV.ii.21[Mistress Page to Mistress Ford, of Ford] He ... so rails against all married mankind
Oth IV.i.162[Cassio to Iago, of Bianca] I must [follow her]: she'll rail in the street else
R2 V.v.90[Richard to Groom] Forgiveness, horse! Why do I rail on thee
R3 IV.iv.151[King Richard to all, of the Duchess of York and Queen Elizabeth] Let not the heavens hear these tell-tale women / Rail on the Lord's anointed
RJ III.iii.119[Friar to Romeo] Why railest thou on thy birth, the heaven, and earth?
TC I.iii.191[Nestor to all, of Achilles] Makes factious feasts, rails on our state of war / Bold as an oracle
TC II.i.16[Thersites to Ajax] I shall sooner rail thee into wit and holiness
TC II.iii.23[Patroclus to Thersites] come in and rail
TC II.iii.3[Thersites alone, of Ajax] He beats me, and I rail at him
TG III.ii.4[Thurio to Duke, of Silvia] she hath ... railed at me
Tim I.ii.244[Apemantus to Timon] if I should be bribed too, there would be none left to rail upon thee
Tim I.ii.248[Timon to Apemantus] an you begin to rail on society once, I am sworn not to give regard to you
Tim III.iv.65[Second Varro's Servant to all] Who can speak broader than he that has no house to put his head in? Such may rail against great buildings
Tit II.iv.35[Marcus to Lavinia] O that I knew thy heart, and knew the beast, / That I might rail at him to ease my mind!
TN I.v.89[Olivia to Malvolio] There is no slander in an allowed fool, though he do nothing but rail
TS I.ii.110[Grumio to Hortensio, of Petruchio] he'll rail in his rope-tricks.
TS II.i.170[Petruchio alone, of Katherina] Say that she rail, why then I'll tell her plain / She sings as sweetly as a nightingale
TS induction.2.85[First Servingman to Sly, of his supposed delusion] And rail upon the hostess of the house
TS IV.i.170[Curtis to Grumio, of Petruchio and Katherina] Making a sermon of continency to her, / And rails, and swears, and rates
TS IV.i.192[Petruchio alone, of Katherina] And if she chance to nod I'll rail and brawl
Ven.1002[Venus as if to death] I railed on thee, fearing my love's decease
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