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Pie. n.s. [This word is derived by Skinner from biezan, to build, that is to build of paste; by Junius derived by contraction from pasty; if pasties, doubled together without walls, were the first pies, the derivation is easy from pie, a foot; as in some provinces, an apple pasty is still called an apple foot.]

  1. Any crust baked with something in it.

                No man's pie is freed
    From his ambitious finger.
    Shakesp. Henry VIII.

    Mincing of meat in pies saveth the grinding of the teeth, and therefore more nourishing to them that have weak teeth. Bacon's Natural History.

    He is the very Withers of the city; they have bought more editions of his works, than would serve to lay under all their pies at a lord mayor's Christmas. Dryden.

              Chuse your materials right;
    From thence of course the figure will arise,
    And elegance adorn the surface of your pies.

    Eat beef or pie-crust, if you'd serious be. King.

  2. [Pica, Lat.] A magpie; a particoloured bird.

    The pie will discharge thee for pulling the rest. Tusser.

    The raven croak'd hoarse on the chimney's top,
    And chattering pies in dismal discords sung.

    Who taught the parrot human notes to try,
    Or with a voice endu'd the chatt'ring pie?
    'Twas witty want.

  3. The old popish service book, so called, as is supposed, from the different colour of the text and rubrick.

  4. Cock and pie was a slight expression in Shakespeare's time, of which I know not the meaning.

    Mr. Slender, come; we stay for you. —
    — I'll eat nothing, I thank you, Sir. —
    — By cock and pie, you shall not chuse, Sir; come, come.
    Shakesp. Merry Wives of Windsor.

Sources: Bacon, Francis (396) · Dryden, John (788) · Shakespeare's Henry VI, Part 3 (39) · Shakespeare's Henry VIII (62) · Junius, Francis (23) · King, William (13) · Shakespeare's Merry Wives of Windsor (95) · Skinner, Stephen (55) · Tusser, Thomas (25)

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