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Benvolio has merely reworded Tybalt's bawdry in saying he approached and drew to part (PART, buttocks division) the servants (hinds and butts) in their CLOSE (sexually intimate) fighting. Both men describe the swords as approaching and broaching (goosing) butts. 106, Fool: 'When men come to borrow of your masters [usurers], they approach sadly ... but they enter my mistress' house [a brothel] merrily'. They sadly approach the one, and merrily enter (or broach) the other, both house and mistress.

But this most foul, strange and unnatural'. Claudius: 'Help, angels! Make assay! Bow, stubborn knees'. For his foul, rank-smelling murder of one of rank; for his rank (in sexual heat) OFFENCE (coitus, with esp. ref. to the buttocks); for the STRANGE and UNNATURAL (both meaning sexually deviant) fig. buggery of his brother and for the literal offence of fornication with his brother's wife - Claudius calls on angels to help him make assay, and to bow or bend (Gk ankylos; L angulus) his knees. 69.

Lit. 305: 'I had a pass ... he gives me the stuck in ... and on the answer'). (2) Ansare: pant, gasp; long or desire till one be out of breath (F). 14. The Clown's 'answer will serve all men', 'fits all buttocks', and is an 'answer of most monstrous size'. See SIZE (Fr taille / tail). Son 50. How 'heavy' do I journey away, says a reluctant lover, on his 'beast'; 'The bloody spur cannot provoke him on/That sometimes anger thrusts into his hide;/Which heavily he answers with a groan,/ More sharp to me than spurring to his side'.

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