from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Browbeating: as, “bold-beating oaths,”
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"You, rogue, will ensconce your rags, your cat-a-mountain looks, your red-lattice phrases, and your bold-beating oaths, under the shelter of your honor!"
One of Mr. White's variations from the Folio is "bull-baiting" for "bold-beating."
Be it remembered that Pistol, a braggadocio, is made up of _brags_ and slang; and for that reason I would also read, with Hanmer, _bull-baiting_, instead of the unmeaning "_bold-beating_ oaths."
_ I myself sometimes having the fear of heaven on the left hand, and hiding mine honour in my necessity, am fain to shuffle, to hedge, and to lurch; and yet you, you rogue, will esconce your _rags_, your cat-a-mountain looks, your red-lattice phrases and your bold-beating oaths, under the shelter of your honour. '
II. ii.28 (234,7) [your bold-beating oaths] [W: bold-bearing] A
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