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Abre'ast. adv. [See Breast.] Side by side; in such a position that the breasts may bear against the same line.

          My cousin Suffolk,
My soul shall thine keep company to heav'n;
Tarry, sweet soul, for mine, then fly abreast.
Shak. Henry V.

For honour travels in a streight so narrow,
Where one but goes abreast.
Shakesp. Troilus and Cressida.

The riders rode abreast, and one his shield;
His lance of cornel-wood another held;
The third his bow, and, glorious to behold!
The costly quiver, all of burnish'd gold.
Dryden's Fables

Sources: Dryden, John (788) · Shakespeare's Henry V (66) · Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida (36)

Attributes: Adverb (147)

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