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Gyves. n.s. [gevyn, Welsh.] Fetters; chains for the legs.

The villains march wide betwixt the legs, as if they had gyves on. Shakespeare's Henry IV. p. i.

And knowing this, should I yet stay,
Like such as blow away their lives,
And never will redeem a day,
Enamour'd of their golden gyves?
Ben. Johnson's Forest.

The poor prisoners, ready to take the occasion offered, boldly starting up, break off their chains and gyves. Knolles.

Do'st thou already single me? I thought
Gyves and the mill had tam'd thee.
Milton's Agonistes.

But Telamon rush'd in, and hap'd to meet
A rising root, that held his fasten'd feet;
So down he fell, whom sprawling on the ground,
His brother from the wooden gyves unbound.
Dryd. Fables.

Sources: Dryden, John (788) · Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part 1 (46) · Jonson, Ben (70) · Knolles, Richard (44) · Milton, John (449)

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