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spendthrift sigh

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  • (noun) - The allusion in Hamlet to the current notion that sighs shorten life by drawing blood from the heart. The same notion is found in A Midsummer-Night's Dream: "With sighs of love that cost the fresh blood dear".

    --John Phin's Shakespeare Cyclopædia and New Glossary, 1902

    January 14, 2018