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Nútshell. n.s. [nut and shell.] The hard substance that incloses the kernel of the nut.

I could be bounded in a nutshell, and count myself a king of infinite space. Shakespeare's Hamlet.

A fox had me by the back, and a thousand pound to a nutshell, I had never got off again. L'Estrange.

It seems as easy to me, to have the idea of space empty of body, as to think of the hollow of a nutshell without a kernel. Locke.

Sources: Shakespeare's Hamlet (60) · L'Estrange, Roger (131) · Locke, John (269)

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