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press (v.) Old form(s): presse , prest
levy, raise, conscript
1H4 IV.ii.14[Falstaff alone] I press me none but good householders
1H4 IV.ii.20[Falstaff alone, of his soldiers] I pressed me none but such toasts-and-butter
1H4 IV.ii.36[Falstaff alone] A mad fellow ... told me I had unloaded all the gibbets and pressed the dead bodies
3H6 II.v.64[Son to himself] from London by the King was I pressed forth
Cor I.ii.9[Aufidius to all, reading a letter about the Romans] They have pressed a power
Cor III.i.122[Coriolanus to Brutus, of the citizens] Being pressed to th'war
R2 III.ii.58[King Richard to Aumerle] For every man that Bolingbroke hath pressed / To lift shrewd steel against our golden crown
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