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colliers (1.1)

    No, for then we should be colliers. (2)

colliers, a term of contempt, not merely from their being ready to carry coals, i.e., put up with insults, but from the blackness of their appearance. So, in T.N. iii.4.130, Satan for his blackness is called "foul collier."

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Shakespeare, William. Romeo and Juliet. Ed. K. Deighton. New York: MacMillan and Co., 1903. Shakespeare Online. 20 Aug. 2010. (date when you accessed the information) < >.


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