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quarrel and back (1.1)

    My naked weapon is out: quarrel, I will back thee. (22-23)

quarrel, provoke them to fight by using taunting words: back, support; now more commonly back up. Delius compares i. H.IV. ii.4.166, "call you that backing of your friends? a plague upon such backing!"

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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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