shaft (n.)
[long and slender] arrow
2H4 III.ii.46[Shallow to Silence, of Double] 'A would have ... carried you a forehand shaft a fourteen and fourteen and a half
MV I.i.140[Bassanio to Antonio] when I had lost one shaft, / I shot his fellow of the self-same flight
MW III.iv.24[Slender to Shallow, of proposing to Anne] I'll make a shaft or a bolt on't [i.e. do it by one means or another]
RJ I.iv.19[Romeo to Mercutio, of Cupid] I am too sore empierced with his shaft
TN I.i.36[Orsino to Valentine, of Olivia] How will she love, when the rich golden shaft / Hath killed the flock of all affections else
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