bill (n.) Old form(s): Billes, bils
[applied to various kinds of long-handled spear-like weapon] halberd; bill-hook
2H6 IV.x.11[Cade alone] many a time, but for a sallet, my brain-pan had been cleft with a brown bill
KL IV.vi.91[Lear to all] Bring up the brown bills [i.e. painted brown against rust]
MA III.iii.172[Borachio to Conrade] We are likely to prove a goodly commodity, being taken up of these men's bills [also: sense 4]
MA III.iii.41[Dogberry to First Watchman] have a care that your bills be not stolen
R2 III.ii.118[Scroop to King Richard] distaff-women manage rusty bills / Against thy seat
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