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thy tool (1.1)

    Draw thy tool! here comes
    two of the house of the Montagues. (22-23)

thy tool, your weapon, sword; generally in this sense used in a contemptuous way: here comes two, for the inflection in -s, preceding a plural subject, see Abb. 335. Malone quotes from Gascoigne's Devise of a Masque a passage to show that the partizans of the Montagues wore a token in their hats to distinguish them from their enemies, the Capulets, and that hence, throughout the play, they are known at a distance.

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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) < http://www.shakespeare-online.com/plays/romeoandjuliet/romeoglosstool.html >.

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