reechy

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From reech.

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reechy

  1. smoky, dirty, squalid
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, Act 3 Scene 3
      BORACHIO. Seest thou not, I say, what a deformed thief this fashion is? how giddily he turns about all the hot bloods between fourteen and five-and-thirty? sometime fashioning them like Pharaoh's soldiers in the reechy painting; sometime like god Bel's priests in the old church-window; sometime like the shaven Hercules in the smirched worm-eaten tapestry, where his codpiece seems as massy as his club?
    • 1602 : William Shakespeare, Hamlet , act III scene 4
      Let the bloat King tempt you again to bed
      Pinch wanton on your cheek, call you his mouse
      And let him for a pair of reechy kisses,
      Or paddling in your neck with his damned fingers,
      Make you to ravel all this matter out
      That I essentially am not in madness
      But mad in craft.

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