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Measure for MeasureMM IV.iii.5a commodity of brown paper and old ginger, ninescore-and-seventeena commoditie of browne paper, and olde Ginger, nine score


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Abel[pron: 'aybl] in the Bible, the son of Adam and Eve, killed by his brother Cain
abortivemonstrously ill-timed, abhorrent and untimely
Acheron[pron: 'akeron] Underworld abyss and river, which souls of the dead must cross
Achilles[pron: a'kileez] son of Peleus and Thetis; only his spear could heal the wounds it made
adamantlegendary substance of great hardness and magnetism
Aeacus[pron: 'eeakus] son of Zeus and Aegina, an ancestor of Achilles
Aeneas[pron: e'nayas] Trojan hero, son of Anchises and Aphrodite; in Roman legend, the ancestor of the Romans
Aeson[pron: 'eeson] father of Jason and half-brother of Pelion; magically restored to youth by Medea
afootastir, on the move, up and about
Agenor[pron: a'jenor] king of Tyre; father of daughter Europa and sons Cadmus, Phoenix, and Cilix
Ajax[pron: 'ayjaks, OP also a'jayks] son of Telemon, king of Salamis (also called Ajax Telemonius); fought against Troy; proverbial for his size and strength
allit makes no difference, it's one and the same, it doesn't matter
amongfrom time to time, every now and then
anvariant form of 'and'
anatomybody, skeleton, skin and bones
and, anif
and, anif, even if
and, anas if
and, anif, whether
angelgold coin [with the angel Michael depicted], value between a third and half of a pound
anon, ever andevery now and then, at regular intervals
anon, still andcontinually
ApolloGreek sun god, who pulls the sun across the sky in a horse-drawn chariot; god of prophecy [speaking through the Delphi oracle, poetry, music, archery, and healing
apothecary, pothecaryone who prepares and sells medicinal drugs
ArdeArdres, town in Picardy, N France; site of the Field of the Cloth of Gold, where Henry VIII and Francis I met
argueexamine, discuss the pros and cons of
Argushundred-eyed guard of Io, a heifer; Hermes killed him to rescue Io, and Hera then transferred his many eyes to the peacock’s tail
Ariachne[pron: ari'aknee] weaver from Lydia, who challenged Athene to a contest; when Ariachne’s work was seen to be superior, Athene destroyed it, and Ariachne hanged herself; Athene saved her, but changed her into a spider; also known as Arachne
Ariadne[ari'adnee] daughter of Minos who helped Theseus find his way through the labyrinth, and then fled with him; Theseus abandoned her while she slept at Naxos
Arion[a'riyon] legendary Greek musician; about to be robbed and killed by a ship’s crew, he was allowed to sing one last song; dolphins then appeared, Arion leapt overboard, and was carried by one of them to safety
Ascanius[pron: as'kaynius] son of Aeneas and Creusa, and grandson of Priam
Astraea[pron: 'astria] daughter of Zeus and Themis; Greek goddess of justice
Ate[pron: 'ahtee] Greek goddess of discord and vengeance
Athene[pron: a'theena] Greek goddess of wisdom and learning, protector of Athens; also known as Athena, Pallas Athena, or Pallas
augurerRoman religious official who interpreted and foretold events
Bacchanaldevotee of Bacchus, the god of wine and inspiration
backthrough and through
backsworda basket-hilted sword with a single-edged blade and a thin back; later, a sword-like stick with a basketwork hilt, used in fencing practice
bandyexchange, swap, send to and fro
barley-breaktype of country game in which a couple occupies a den [nicknamed ‘hell’] in the centre of a [barley] field, and tries to catch other couples, who may separate [break] when about to be caught
barrennessarea [of skin] worn dry and bare
Basilisco[pron: basi'liskoh] knight character in a contemporary play, Solyman and Perseda
Belgia[before 1609] present-day Netherlands, Belgium, and parts of nearby France
Bevis[pron: 'bevis] medieval Saxon knight who conquered Ascapart, a giant, and made him his squire
bodylength and breadth, extent
bolt[short and thick, crossbow] arrow
bought and soldpast form of 'buy and sell'
breathlife, spirit, living and breathing existence
Briareus[bri'arius] son of Uranus and Gaea; legendary monster with 100 arms and 50 heads who fought and defeated the Titans for Zeus
briefthe long and the short
bringtavern call for food and drink
broadhigh and mighty, arrogant
bubukle, bubuncle[malapropism for ‘bubo’ and ‘carbunkle’] inflamed swelling
buffclose-fitting jacket made of buff worn by constables and soldiers
BullTaurus, the second sign of the zodiac, associated with cuckoldry, and also the neck and throat
by and byimmediately, straightaway, directly
by and byshortly, soon, before long
Cadmus[pron: 'kadmus] son of Agenor, King of Tyre; he set off in pursuit of his sister Europa, arrived in Greece, and founded Thebes
Caesar[pron: 'seezer] Roman politician and general, 1st-c BC
Cain[pron: kayn] in the Bible, son of Adam and Eve, killer of his brother Abel
Cambyses[pron: kam'biyseez] 6th-c BC king of the Medes and Persians, as represented in a 16th-c play by Thomas Preston, Cambyses
cancelledmade null and void, invalidated
cankergrub that destroys plant buds and leaves, cankerworm, parasite
cap and kneecap in hand and bended knee [in order to be deferential]
cap-and-kneesycophantic, flattering, obsequious
Capitolgeographical and ceremonial centre of ancient Rome, the seat of government
carelesscasual, informal, free and easy
casementwindow [on hinges and able to be opened]
Castorone of the twins born to Jupiter and Leda (the other being Pollux)
Cato the Younger[pron: 'kaytoh] 1st-c BC Roman politician, and opponent of Caesar
censerperfuming vessel with a perforated and ornamented lid
censormagistrate responsible for the census and guarding public morals
Centaurcreature with the upper half of a man and the rear legs of a horse; reputed for bestial behaviour
Ceres[pron: 'seereez] Roman goddess of crops and fruit
championflat and open, like a plain
cheerentertainment, fare, food and drink
chequintype of gold coin [of Italy and Turkey]
chopping[unclear meaning] equivocating, chopping and changing
choruscharacter in a play who speaks the prologue and comments on the course of events
Circe[pron: 'ser'see] enchantress who detained Odysseus and his followers on the isle of Aeaea, transforming his’ men into swine with a magic drink
Cleitus[pron: 'kliytus] friend and commander of Alexander, killed by him in a quarrel
clock and clock, 'twixtfrom hour to hour, without ceasing
cock and pie, byby God and the service book
collectionaccumulation [i.e. of words and phrases]
collop[piece of flesh] offspring, flesh and blood
compositionconstitution, make-up, state [of mind and body]
concordantagreeing as one, harmonious, of one heart and mind
constablechief officer of the royal household [in England and France]
ConstantineConstantine the Great, Roman emperor and saint, 4th-c
constellation[the stars were thought to influence people and events] disposition, character, temperament
CorinthGreek city-state; on an isthmus separating the Adriatic and the Aegean
costermonger[sellers of fruit (originally ‘costard-apples’) and vegetables] barrow-boy, apple-seller
Cressid, Cressidafickle daughter of Calchas, a priest of Troy; beloved by Troilus, a Trojan prince, she deserted him for Diomed; character in Troilus and Cressida
crestheraldic device placed above the shield and helmet in a coat-of-arms
Crispian, Crispin, SaintsEnglish forms of Crispianus and Crispinus: in Christian tradition, martyrs under Roman emperor Diocletian; feast day 25 October
Cupid[pron: 'kyoopid] Roman god of love, son of Venus and Mercury; a winged, blindfolded boy with curved bow and arrows
curds and wheyfoodstuff made of curdled milk
Cydnusriver in Cilicia, S Turkey; meeting place of Cleopatra and Antony, 41 BC
CythereaRoman goddess of beauty and love
Daedalus[pron: 'dedalus] legendary Athenian inventor who made the labyrinth for King Minos in Crete; escaped to Sicily with wings made for himsef and his son Icarus
Danielin the Bible, influential Babylonian administrator and visionary
daughterincludes daughter-in-law and step-daughter
dauphintitle of the eldest son of the King of France [between 1349 and 1830]
Deborahin the Bible, Hebrew prophetess, judge, and army commander
deuce-ace[gambling] two and one
DianaRoman goddess associated with the Moon, chastity, and hunting
Dido[pron: 'diydoh] Queen of Carthage who fell in love with Aeneas when he was shipwrecked on her shores; commanded by Jupiter, Aeneas left without seeing Dido again, and she killed herself on a funeral pyre
dii deaeque[Latin] all you gods and goddesses
disannulmake null and void, bring to nothing
dispersedlyfrom various positions, here and there
dividualdifferent, separate [i.e. between man and woman]
dodgego this way and that, haggle, drag one's feet
doomfinal destiny, deciding fate, death and destruction
DowlandJohn Dowland, 16th-c English composer and musician
dragon's tail[astrology] intersection of the orbit of the descending moon and that of the sun [associated with lechery]
edgehigh and narrow ridge
egomy king and I
egress and regress[legal] right of leaving and return, freedom to come and go
elementessence, embodiment, heart and soul
eleven and twenty longjust right, perfect [a winning hand in the card game of Thirty-one]
ember-eveevening before ember-days [church quarterly 3-day period of fasting and prayer]
emboweldisembowel [in Tudor times a procedure used to ensure that the body of a noble person would not deteriorate so much between death and burial]
Enceladusgiant who fought against the Olympian gods, son of Tartarus and Gaea; possible brother of Typhon
et bonumand the older a good thing is, the better
et opusand I have completed a work that neither the anger of Jove nor fire
et tuand thou, Brutus?
ever and anonevery now and then, at regular intervals
everywherehere and there, in many places
expertexperienced, tried and tested
fashion(plural) horse disease affecting the nose and mouth [farcy]
Fatestrio of goddesses who control human destiny: Atropos (‘the inflexible’) cuts the thread of life allotted and spun by Lachesis (‘the distributor’) and Clotho (‘the spinner’)
fee-simpleprivate estate [belonging to the owner and his heirs for ever]; permanent lease, full possession
fewness and truthin few words and in truth
firstto one and all, from beginning to end
flap-dragons[game of bravado] snap-dragons: small burning objects floating on liquor, which have to be avoided while drinking; or: edible objects floating on burning liquor, to be seized and eaten
flight[of arrows] power of flight, size and weight
fool and featherfoolishness and foppery [feathered plumes]
forand [emphatic]
foragerange abroad, go out and about
forfeitsomeone defeated and in danger of death
FortuneRoman goddess, shown as a woman at a spinning-wheel, or controlling a rudder, and as blind
frustrateannul, make null and void, render ineffectual
fullercleanser and thickener of cloth
Furiesthree goddesses, spirits of vengeance, depicted as carrying torches and covered with snakes
fustiantype of coarse cloth [of cotton and flax]
galliassheavily built warship using sails and oars [larger than a galley]
gauntletarmoured glove protecting the hand and wrist
gentle(plural) ladies and gentlemen, gentlefolk
Georgebadge [of the Order of the Garter] displaying St George and the dragon
glandershorse disease affecting the nostrils and jaws
gluttonrich man in the Dives and Lazarus parable
good[used in expressions of greeting and farewell] -den, -e'en, -even, -morrow
Gorgongenerally applied to Medusa, one of three monsters who had snakes in their hair, ugly faces, huge wings, and whose staring eyes could turn people to stone
grand guardpiece of tournament armour protecting the chest and left shoulder
halberdlong-handled weapon ending in a combination of axe-blade and spearhead
haughthaughty, arrogant, high and mighty
havoc[in fighting and hunting: calling for] total slaughter, general devastation
hazard[royal tennis] opening in a court where a ball is unplayable [and thus a winning point is scored]
headheight and breadth, greatest extent
Hecubawife of Priam, King of Troy, and mother of 18 children; after the Greeks took Troy, she saw her sons and her husband killed, and was sent into slavery.
Heliconsnine Muses from the slopes of Mt Helicon, daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne, who give artistic inspiration
Hellespont['helespont] Dardanelles; narrow strait in NW Turkey, connecting the Aegean Sea and the Sea of Marmara
Hercules[Roman form of Heracles] proverbial for his mythical physical strength and miraculous achievements
Hermes[pron: 'hermeez] messenger of the Greek gods, often shown wearing winged shoes; inventor of lyre and flute
Herodin the Bible, a Judean king, portrayed in medieval mystery plays as a wild and angry figure
Herod of Jewryout-and-out villain
hic ethere and everywhere
Hob and Dickevery Tom, Dick, and Harry
hornbook[teaching device] leaf of paper, protected by a piece of thin horn, showing the letters of the alphabet and other information
hue and crygeneral pursuit [of a felon]
Hydra[pron: 'hiydra] many-headed monster, the child of Typhon and Echnida; as each head was cut off, it grew again
Hymen[pron: 'hiymen] Greek god who led a wedding procession; associated with a torch, crown of flowers, and flute
Hyperion[pron: hiy'peerion] Greek god, son of Uranus and Gaia, who fathered the Sun, Moon, and Dawn; often, the Sun itself, with a horse-drawn chariot
Icarus[pron: 'ikarus] son of Daedalus, who escaped from Crete wearing wings made by his father; ignoring a warning, the wax in his wings melted when he flew too near the Sun, and he fell into the Aegean
IllyriaE seaboard of the Adriatic and its hinterland (Dalmatia); in modern Croatia
integerthe one upright of life and unstained by crime does not need the javelins or the bow of the Moor
IrisGreek goddess of the rainbow; messenger of the gods, especially of Zeus and Hera
Isis[pron: 'iysis] Egyptian goddess of the moon, fertility, and magic
Janus[pron: 'jaynus] Roman god who guards gates and doors; shown with two faces, one at the back of his head
Job[pron: johb] in the Bible, a patriarch, seen as a symbol of destitution and patience
Julius Caesar[pron: 'seezer] Roman politician and general, 1st-c BC
JunoRoman supreme goddess, wife of Jupiter, associated with the Moon, childbirth, marriage, and female identity
Jupiter, JoveRoman supreme god; associated with the heavens and the weather, especially thunder and lightning; husband of Juno
Lambert, Saint7th-c bishop of Maastricht, and martyr
Laplandprovince of N Finland, known at the time for sorcery and witchcraft
lay[highwaymen] stand and deliver; put down your weapons
liberalfree-and-easy, unrestrained
liberal artsthe trivium [grammar, logic, rhetoric] and quadrivium [arithmetic, geometry, music, astronomy]
Limbodomain on the border of hell believed to contain the souls of unbaptised infants and of just people born before Christ
limbo patrumlimbo [temporary home of departed spirits between heaven and hell] of the fathers: gaol, imprisonment
linsey-woolsey[mix of flax and wool] verbal mish-mash, nonsense
lourfrown, scowl, look dark and threatening
madeaccomplished, consummate, out-and-out
mandrakevariety of poisonous plant [whose long forked root was thought to resemble a man's legs and private parts; thus, with aphrodisiac properties]
marrowrich and nutritious substance derived from bone cavities
martbargaining, buying and selling, trading
mate and makehusband and wife
Meleager[pron: melee'ager] son of Althaea, his life-span determined by an unburnt magic log; he murdered his uncles in a quarrel over the killing of a boar ravaging the fields in Calydon; in her rage Althaea burnt Meleager’s log on a fire, and he died
Mercuryplanet particularly associated with eloquence, feats of skill, and the commercial world
middle earthearth, seen as midway between heaven and hell
MinervaRoman goddess of wisdom, the arts, and trades
Minos['minos] king of Crete, who imprisoned Daedalus and his son Icarus for helping Theseus escape from his labyrinth
Minotaur['minotawr] son of Pasiphae and a bull from the sea, half bull and half human; kept in Minos' labyrinth; killed by Theseus
minstrelsynoisy playing and singing, musical rowdiness
misproudwrongly proud, arrogant, high and mighty
Moorditchfilthy channel between Bishopsgate and Cripplegate, London
moralfull of moral sentiments, arguing the pros and cons
moregreat and small
moremen of high and low rank
Museone of the nine goddesses in Greek mythology, the daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne, who gave artistic inspiration; also called the Helicons, as they lived on Mt Helicon
Naiades[pron: 'niyadeez] nymphs who inhabit springs, rivers, and lakes
Narcissushandsome youth who fell in love with his own reflection in a pool; he pined away and was turned into a flower
naturenatural powers, normal state [of mind and body]
Neoptolemus[niop'tolemus] son of Achilles and Deidamia, but here referring to Achilles himself
NeptuneRoman water-god, chiefly associated with the sea and sea-weather
Nereids[pron: 'nerayidz] sea-nymphs, daughters of Nereus and Doris, who lived with their father in the depths of the sea
NestorGreek leader in the siege of Troy, reputed for his age and wisdom
Netherland[before 1609] present-day Netherlands, Belgium, and parts of nearby France
Nicholas, Saintin Christian tradition, the patron saint of travellers and scholars
Nine Worthiesthree pagans (Hector of Troy, Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar), three Jews (Joshua, David, Judas Maccabaeus), three Christians (Arthur, Charlemagne, Godfrey of Bouillon or Guy of Warwick); Hercules and Pompey the Great are included in LLL V.ii
Niobe[pron: 'niyohbay] heroine of Thebes, daughter of Tantalus, whose sons and daughters were slain by Apollo and Diana; the gods then turned her into a rock, but her eyes continued to weep in the form of a spring
notoriousnotable, out-and-out, evident
novumgame of dice in which throws of nine and five were significant
odd-evenbetween 12 and 1, around midnight
onceonce and for all, in a word
Orpheuslegendary Greek poet, able to charm beasts and even stones with his music
over and overhead over heels
overweeningarrogant, overambitious, high and mighty
pair-taunt-likelike a winning hand in the card game ‘post and pair’
Pandarus[pron: 'pandarus] Trojan prince, killed by Diomedes; Cressida's uncle and go-between
Pannonianspeople from ancient Pannonia (in and around modern Hungary)
ParacelsusSwiss physician and alchemist,16th-c
Parisyoungest son of Priam and Hecuba; he stole Helen away from her Greek husband, Menelaus, causing the Trojan wars; character in Troilus and Cressida
Parthianfrom Parthia, ancient kingdom of W Asia; known for skilled horsemen and archery
partisanweapon with a long handle and a broad head, sometimes with a projection at the side
passagetraffic, passing to and fro, movement of people
passant[heraldry] walking, with three paws on the ground and one raised
patrondefender, protector, lord and master
PenelopeUlysses' wife, who waited 20 years for his return from Troy; she told suitors she had to finish weaving a shroud for Ulysses' father before she could remarry, and undid the work each night
Perseusson of Zeus and Danae; advised by Athene to look at the reflection in his shield when cutting off Medusa's head, thereby avoiding being turned to stone; associated with the winged horse released by her death
Philemon[pron: fiy'leemon] peasant who, with his wife Baucis, entertained Jupiter and Mercury when they visited the Earth to test people's hospitality
Philip and Jacobin Christian tradtion, the feast of St Philip and St James, 1 May
Philomel, Philomela[pron: 'filomel] daughter of Pandion, king of Athens; Tereus raped her and cut out her tongue, but she told the tale in her embroidery; the gods turned her into a nightingale after she took her revenge
philosopher's two stonestwo hypothetical means of (i) giving eternal youth and (ii) turning base metals into gold
pickers and stealershands
pipmark on a playing card [as used in the game of ‘one-and-thirty’]
pipingshrill-toned, high-pitched [either: of pipes; or: of women and children's voices]
plum-brothrich soup made of meat, fruit, and spices, especially eaten at Christmas
Plutus[pron: 'plootus] Greek god of wealth and gold; also called Pluto
pollaxF and QQ alternative to 'poleaxe'
PompeyRoman politician and general, 1st-c BC
porridgemeat and vegetable stew or broth [reputed to produce strength]
possetrestorative hot drink, made of milk, liquor, and other ingredients
praeclarissimusOur most renowned son Henry, King of England and heir of France
preciousout-and-out, worthless, good-for-nothing
Priapus[priy'aypus] Greek god of human and plant fertility
pribbles and prabblesvain chatter and silly quarrelling
Procne, Progne[pron: 'proknee] Philomel's sister, who served her son Itys in a meal to Tereus, his father, in revenge for Tereus' rape and mutilation of Philomel
Prometheusone of the Titan gods, who stole fire from heaven to help mankind, and was punished by being chained to a rock
promptready and willing, well-disposed
proportion(plural) military material, forces and supplies needed for war
Proserpine, Proserpinadaughter of the corn-goddess Ceres; Hades, king of the Underworld, abducted her and made her his queen
provostofficer in charge of the arrest, custody, and punishment of prisoners
pur[debated meaning] knave in a type of card game [post and pair]
Pygmalion[pron: pig'maylion] sculptor who created and fell in love with his ivory statue of a woman; Aphrodite brought her to life, and he married her
Pyrenean[pron: pire'neean Pyrenees, mountain range between France and Spain
Pyrrhus[pron: 'pirus] son of Achilles, who entered Troy in the wooden horse and killed Priam
Pythagoras[pron: piy'thagoras] Greek philosopher and mathematician, 6th-c BC
reasonargue rationally [about], debate the pros and cons [of]
repastfood and drink, meal, refreshment
revolutionreversal, change, twists and turns [of fortune]
revolutiontwisting and turning of the thoughts
Rhesus[pron: 'reesus] Thracian hero, famed for his horses; after fighting for one day in the Trojan War, Ulysses and Diomedes killed him in his tent at night, and stole the horses
rheumcatarrh, head-cold, coughing and spluttering
Rhodope[pron: 'rodopee] Greek courtesan who became queen of Memphis, and the supposed builder of the third pyramid
riflesearch and rob, plunder
rightoutright, ordinary, out-and-out
ripered and full like ripe fruit
rondureroundness; sphere of the earth and the accompanying heavens
rude-growingspreading rough and wild
rufflehustle-and-bustle, flurry, excitement
Saint EdmundsburyBury St Edmunds, market town in Suffolk; site of the shrine of St Edmund and a place of pilgrimage
sallScottish and Welsh pronunciation of 'shall'
SaturnRoman god of seed time and harvest
scoremethod of notching a piece of wood as a means of debt-keeping; when split in two between lender and debtor, the scores on the two pieces of wood would tally
scot and lot[type of local taxation] in full, thoroughly
sea-gowntype of robe with a high collar, short sleeves, and mid-leg length
searcherofficial appointed to view and report on corpses
selfa sole, one and the same, a single
self-unableinadequate personal, poor and subjective
sennavariety of shrub [producing a drug which can cause vomiting and bowel evacuation]
shaft[long and slender] arrow
shark up[like a shark] gather together indiscriminately, collect hastily and uncritically
sharp-providedquick and ready, sharply equipped
shrivingfor confession and absolution
sic et vosand so should you
SicilsNaples and Sicily (formerly, the ‘Two Sicilies’)
side-sleevehanging sleeves open from the shoulder and falling away backwards
sisterincludes in-laws and step-siblings
so-forthsuch-and-such, you know what
Solomonin the Bible, son and successor of David; proverbial for his wisdom
sometimesometimes, now and then
sonincludes in-laws and step-children
southsouth wind [believed to bring storms, and plague-carrying mists]
South SeaSouth Seas, seen as a distant and unknown location
spleentemper, spirit, passion [part of the body seen as the source of both gloomy and mirthful emotions]
startin fits and starts
startinglyin fits and starts, disjointedly
statute-capwoollen cap ordered (by an Act of 1571) to be worn on Sundays and holy days by all below a certain social rank
stepaction, movement, coming and going
stillrepeatedly, time and again, over and over
stool-balltype of bat-and-ball game, with a stool in place of a wicket
subornationaiding and abetting, inducement to do wrong, instigation
sunburntof dark complexion, not fair-skinned [and therefore unattractive]
swits and spurs[switches] at full speed, in hot haste
taborintype of drum [narrower and longer than a tabor]
tackle[of a ship] rigging and sails
Tantalusking of Sipylos in Lydia, punished in the Underworld for his crimes; he sits in a pool which recedes when he bends to drink, and the grapes over his head elude his grasp
tentfabric hung over and around a bed
Tereus[pron: 'tereus] legendary king of Athens, who raped and mutilated his sister-in-law Philomel
Termagantnoisy and overbearing character in mystery plays
testamentwill, last will and testament
Thebes[theebz] city-state in Boeotia, SE Greece; associated with wisdom and learning
Theseus[pron: 'theesius] legendary king of Athens; killer of the Minotaur; he conquered the Amazons and married their queen, Hippolyta
Three Gracesdaughters of Zeus and Hera; Greek goddesses of grace and beauty
tirritsmalapropism combining ‘terrors’ and ‘fits’
tisickconsumptive cough, infection of lungs and throat
toast-and-buttermilksop, wimp, pampered individual
tradetraffic, passage, coming and going
tradecross, come and go
trappingsornaments, embellishments, bits and pieces
Trentriver flowing south and then north-east in the English Midlands
trinketsbits and pieces, paraphernalia
Triton[pron: 'triyton] minor Greek sea god, the son of Poseidon and Amphitrite
Troilus[pron: 'troylus] youngest son of Priam and Hecuba; killed by Achilles; lover of Cressida
TullyMarcus Tullius Cicero, Roman orator, statesman, and philosopher, 1st-c BC
turnspin round, whirl about, go round and round
turnturn and face the enemy, make a bold front
Turnbull Streetdisreputable London East End street, peopled by thieves and prostitutes
twenty, and[ballad catch phrase, used as an intensifer] and many more
twice and oncemany times
unstatedeprive of rank and estate, give up everything
vaultingrising and falling
VenusRoman goddess of beauty and love
Venusplanet particularly associated with love, beauty, and fertility
victual(usually plural) provisions, supplies, food and drink
videoI see and I rejoice
virginalmove the fingers up and down [as if playing a virginal]
VulcanRoman god of fire, and the gods' blacksmith; his forge was under Mt Etna, and thus associated with destruction and hell
wagtail[contemptuous form of address] tail-wagger, bower and scraper
wavemove up and down, incline
web and the pindisease of the eye, cataract
whitein black-and-white, written down
Whore of Babylonin the Bible, a prostitute figure, taken as a symbol of degenerate Rome, and thus of Roman Catholicism
willow[in song] expression of sadness and unrequited love
witnesswithout a doubt, and no mistake
wordin a word, once and for all, in short
wringingaches and pains
yea and no, byby yes and no [emphatic assertion, replacing a real oath]
yeoman's servicegood and faithful service
zodiacbelt of the celestial sphere within which the sun, moon, and planets appear to move, divided into twelve equal domains [signs] named after constellations


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accumulation [of words and phrases]collection
aches and painswringing
aiding and abettingsubornation
arguing the pros and consmoral
armour protecting the chest and left shouldergrand guard
bed, fabric hanging over and around atent
bits and piecestrinkets
bits and piecestrappings
black-and-white, inwhite
bow and arrowCupid
bower and scraperwagtail
brief and the longtedious
broth, meat and vegetableporridge
buy and sellsell
buying and sellingmart
call for food and drink, tavern bring
cap in hand and bended kneecap and knee
chopping and changingchopping
cloth cleanser and thickenerfuller
collect hastily and uncriticallyshark up
come and gotrade
come and go, freedom toegress and regress
come cut and long tailcut
coming and goingtrade
coming and goingstep
confession and absolution, [time] forshriving
corpses, official appointed to view and report onsearcher
coughing and splutteringrheum
death and destructiondoom
debate the pros and consreason
defeated and in danger of deathforfeit
deprive of rank and estateunstate
discuss the pros and cons ofargue
drugs, one who prepares and sells medicinalapothecary, pothecary
earth, seen as midway between heaven and hellmiddle earth
egress and regressregress
every now and thenamong
every now and thenever and anon
existence, living and breathingbreath
fabric hung over and around a bedtent
face the enemy, turn andturn
few words and in truth, infewness and truth
fingers up and down, move thevirginal
first and last, atlast
fits and starts, instartingly
fits and starts, instart
flat and openchampion
flesh and bloodcollop
food and drinkcheer
food and drinkvictual
food and drinkrepast
foolishness and fopperyfool and feather
foppery, foolishness andfool and feather
forces and supplies needed for warproportion
forehead of, to the teeth and forehead
free and easycareless
freedom to come and goegress and regress
front, head andfront
gentlemen, ladies andgentle
go out and aboutforage
go this way and thatdodge
God and the service book, bycock and pie, by
great and smallmore
head and frontfront
heart and mind, oneconcordant
heart and soulelement
heaven and hell, midway betweenmiddle earth
height and breadthhead
hell and heaven, earth seen as midway betweenmiddle earth
here and theredispersedly
here and thereeverywhere
high and mightybroad
high and mightymisproud
high and mightyoverweening
husband and wifemate and make
infection of lungs and throattisick
ladies and gentlemengentle
last will and testamenttestament
leaving and return, right ofegress and regress
legendary substance of great hardness and magnetismadamant
length and breadthbody
living and breathing existencebreath
look dark and threateninglour
lord and masterpatron
mate and makemake
meat and vegetable stew or brothporridge
medicinal drugs, one who prepares and sellsapothecary, pothecary
mistake, and nowitness
move up and downwave
noisy playing and singingminstrelsy
normal state [of mind and body]nature
now and thensometime
now and then, everyever and anon
now and then, everyamong
null and void, madecancelled
null and void, makedisannul
null and void, makefrustrate
official appointed to view and report on corpsessearcher
once and for allword
once and for allonce
one and all, tofirst
one and the sameself
one heart and mindconcordant
out and about, goforage
out-and-out villainHerod of Jewry
over and overstill
passing to and fropassage
pickers and stealersstealers
playing and singing, noisyminstrelsy
poor and subjectiveself-unable
porridge, rich and fruityplum porridge
quick and readysharp-provided
rank, men of high and lowmore
ready and quicksharp-provided
ready and willingprompt
red and full [of lips]ripe
regress, egress andregress
ridge, high and narrowedge
right of leaving and returnegress and regress
rising and fallingvaulting
rob, search andrifle
rough and wild, spreading rude-growing
round and round, goturn
same, it's one and theall
same, one and theself
score and tallytally
search and robrifle
sell, buy andsell
send to and frobandy
service book, by God and thecock and pie, by
service, good and faithfulyeoman's service
silly quarrelling and vain chatterpribbles and prabbles
skin and bonesanatomy
spreading rough and wildrude-growing
state, normal [of mind and body]nature
substance of great hardness and magnetismadamant
supplies and forces needed for warproportion
tavern call for food and drinkbring
tedious, brief and thetedious
teeth and forehead of, to theforehead
thoughts twisting and turningrevolution
through and throughback
time and againstill
tried and testedexpert
truth, in few words and infewness and truth
turn and face the enemyturn
twisting and turning of thoughtsrevolution
twists and turns revolution
two and one [in gambling]deuce-ace
up and aboutafoot
vain chatter and silly quarrellingpribbles and prabbles
villain, out-and-outHerod of Jewry
war, forces and supplies needed forproportion
will and testament, lasttestament

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Here, there, and where
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How and how
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Roman history
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Thou and you
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What and what
Who and who
Withal and withal
Yon words
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Gods and goddesses
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Religious personalities and beings
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