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manage it (1.1)

    I do but keep the peace: put up thy sword,
    Or manage it to part these men with me. (56-57)

manage it, wield it, make use of it; to manage, in the sense of wielding weapons, was formerly a common expression; cp. R. II. iii.2.118, "Yea, distaff women manage rusty bills Against thy seat"; ii. H. IV, iii.2.292, "Come, manage me your caliver"; 301, "a' would manage you his piece thus." Literally meaning to 'handle,' from Lat. manus, a hand, it is now more commonly used in a figurative sense: with me, in cooperation with me.

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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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