book, without Old form(s): booke
off by heart, by rote
RJ I.ii.59[Servant to Romeo, of being able to read] Perhaps you have learned it without book
TC II.i.18[Thersites to Ajax] I think thy horse will sooner con an oration than thou learn a prayer without book
TN I.iii.25[Sir Toby to Maria, of Sir Andrew] He ... speaks three or four languages word for word without book
TN II.iii.142[Maria to Sir Toby, of Malvolio] he is ... an affectioned ass that cons state without book
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