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contract
used in Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

3 uses
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1  —1 use as in:
the metal contracted
Definition
when something gets shorter or smaller
  • Such an act That blurs the grace and blush of modesty; Calls virtue hypocrite; takes off the rose From the fair forehead of an innocent love, And sets a blister there; makes marriage-vows As false as dicers' oaths: O, such a deed As from the body of contraction plucks The very soul, and sweet religion makes A rhapsody of words: heaven's face doth glow; Yea, this solidity and compound mass, With tristful visage, as against the doom, Is thought-sick at the act.
    3.4 — Act 3 Scene 4 — Another room in the castle (25% in)

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  • Though yet of Hamlet our dear brother's death The memory be green, and that it us befitted To bear our hearts in grief, and our whole kingdom To be contracted in one brow of woe; Yet so far hath discretion fought with nature That we with wisest sorrow think on him, Together with remembrance of ourselves.
    1.2 — Act 1 Scene 2 — Elsinore (a room of state in the castle) (3% in)
  • ] In youth when I did love, did love, Methought it was very sweet; To contract, O, the time for, ah, my behove, O, methought there was nothing meet.
    5.1 — Act 5 Scene 1 — A churchyard (21% in)

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