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The Winter's Tale
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  • This your sheep-shearing Is as a meeting of the petty gods, And you the queen on’t.
  • …is a goodly lady’ and The justice of your hearts will thereto add, "Tis pity she’s not honest, honourable’: Praise her but for this her without-door form,— Which, on my faith, deserves high speech,—and straight The shrug, the hum or ha,—these petty brands That calumny doth use:—O, I am out, That mercy does; for calumny will sear Virtue itself:—these shrugs, these hum’s, and ha’s, When you have said ’she’s goodly,’ come between, Ere you can say ’she’s honest’: but be it known, From him…

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as in: a petty crime Define
of less importance -- at times implying insignificance
as in: don't be petty Define
focusing on an unimportant flaw; or attempting to make someone suffer for an unimportant wrong
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