list (n.) Old form(s): Listes, Lyst, Lysts
(usually plural) combat arena at a tournament
1H6 V.v.32[Suffolk to all] a ruler ... that at a triumph, having vowed / To try his strength, forsaketh yet the lists
2H6 II.iii.50[York to King, of the combat between Horner and Peter] ready are the appellant and defendant ... to enter the lists
2H6 II.iii.54[King to all] see the lists and all things fit
Mac III.i.70[Macbeth alone, of Banquo's children becoming kings] Rather than so, come fate into the list / And champion me to the utterance!
Per I.i.62[Pericles to all] Like a bold champion I assume the lists
R2 I.ii.52[Duchess of Gloucester to John of Gaunt] throw the rider headlong in the lists
R2 I.iii.32[Lord Marshal to Bolingbroke] wherefore comest thou hither / Before King Richard in his royal lists?
Ven.595[of Venus] Now is she in the very lists of love
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