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Aftergame

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A'ftergame. n.s. [from after and game.] The scheme which may be laid, or the expedients which are practised after the original design has miscarried; methods taken after the first turn of affairs.

This earl, like certain vegetables, did bud and open slowly; nature sometimes delighting to play an aftergame, as well as fortune, which had both their turns and tides in course. Wotton.

The fables of the ax-handle and the wedge, serve to precaution us not to put ourselves needlessly upon an aftergame, but to weigh beforehand what we say and do. L'Estrange's Fab.

Our first design, my friend, has prov'd abortive;
Still there remains an aftergame to play.
Addison's Cato.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · L'Estrange, Roger (131) · Wotton, Henry (48)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Aftergame." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: June 28, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=21358.


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