flesh (v.) Old form(s): flesht
[of a sword] use for the first time in battle
1H4 V.iv.128[Prince Hal to Lancaster] full bravely hast thou fleshed / Thy maiden sword
1H6 IV.vii.36[Bastard to all, of John Talbot] the young whelp of Talbot's, raging wood, / Did flesh his puny sword in Frenchmen's blood!
H5 II.iv.50[French King to all, of King Henry] The kindred of him hath been fleshed upon us
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