stop (v.) Old form(s): Stopt
stop up, close (up), shut
AW V.ii.10[Parolles to Clown] you need not to stop your nose
AYL IV.i.152[Rosalind as Ganymede to Orlando, of a woman's wit escaping through a key-hole] stop that, 'twill fly with the smoke out at the chimney
CE III.ii.172[Antipholus of Syracuse alone, of Luciana] I'll stop mine ears against the mermaid's song
Cor IV.v.89[Coriolanus to Aufidius] stop those maims / Of shame seen through thy country
Cor V.iii.5[Aufidius to Coriolanus] stopped your ears against / The general suit of Rome
H8 V.iii.23[Gardiner to Councillors, of horses] stop their mouths with stubborn bits
KJ III.iv.32[Constance as if to death] I will ... stop this gap of breath with fulsome dust
LLL IV.iii.312[Berowne to all] A lover's ear will hear the lowest sound / When the suspicious head of theft is stopped [i.e. even when a thief's wary ears can hear nothing]
TNK III.vi.173[Palamon to Theseus] Stop ... thy noble ear against us
Ven.331[] An oven that is stopped ... / Burneth more hotly
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