check (v.) Old form(s): checke, checkt
restrain, stop, hold back
3H6 I.iv.151[Northumberland to all] hardly can I check my eyes from tears
KL I.i.150[Kent to Lear] check / This hideous rashness
Sonn.15.6[] I perceive that men as plants increase, / Cheered and checked even by the selfsame sky
Sonn.5.7[] Sap checked with frost and lusty leaves quite gone
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