scope (n.) Old form(s): skope
opportunity, liberty, free course of action
2H6 III.i.176[Cardinal to King, of Gloucester] the offender granted scope of speech
JC IV.iii.107[Brutus to Cassius] Be angry when you will, it shall have scope
MM I.ii.126[Claudio to Lucio] every scope by the immoderate use / Turns to restraint
MM I.iii.35[Duke to Friar Thomas] 'twas my fault to give the people scope
MM V.i.232[Angelo to Duke] give me the scope of justice
R2 III.iii.141[King Richard as if to his heart] I'll give thee scope to beat, / Since foes have scope to beat both thee and me [pun: 140, sense 4]
Sonn.103.2[of his Muse] having such a scope to show her pride
Sonn.29.7[] Desiring this man's art, and that man's scope
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