proof (n.) Old form(s): proofe
test, trial
1H4 V.ii.54[Vernon to Hotspur] Unless a brother should a brother dare / To gentle exercise and proof of arms
1H6 I.ii.94[Charles to Pucelle] Only this proof I'll of thy valour make
E3 II.i.221[Countess to King Edward, of her obedience] Employ me how thou wilt in proof thereof
H8 I.i.197[Buckingham to Norfolk, of Wolsey] I do pronounce him in that very shape / He shall appear in proof [i.e. when put to the test]
Ham IV.vii.153[Claudius to Laertes] this project / Should have a back or second, that might hold / If this did blast in proof [i.e. fail in trying it out]
JC V.i.49[Octavius to all] If arguing make us sweat, / The proof of it will turn to redder drops
KL IV.vi.186[Lear to all] I'll put't in proof [i.e. put it to the test]
LC.163[] Nor gives it satisfaction to our blood, / That we must curb it upon others' proof
MA IV.i.43[Leonato to Claudio, of Hero] if you, in your own proof, / Have ... made defeat of her virginity
Oth V.i.26.1[Cassio to Roderigo, of the protection given by the latter's coat] I will make proof of thine
TC I.ii.130[Cressida to Pandarus, of Helen's love for Troilus] Troilus will stand to the proof [with bawdy pun]
TC I.iii.34[Nestor to Agamemnon] In the reproof of chance / Lies the true proof of men
TC V.v.5[Diomedes to Servant, of Cressida and Troilus] Tell her I have chastised the amorous Trojan, / And am her knight by proof
Tim II.ii.162[Flavius to Timon] Call me before th'exactest auditors, / And set me on the proof [i.e. put me to the test]
TN III.iv.178[Sir Toby to Sir Andrew] a terrible oath ... gives manhood more approbation than ever proof itself would have earned him
TNK V.iii.57[Emilia to herself, of the trumpets] Hark how yon spurs to spirit do incite / The princes to their proof
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