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LUNCH. n.s.


LUNCH. LU’NCHEON. n.s. [Minshaw derives it from louja, Spanish;
Skinner from kleinken, a small piece, Teu-
tonick.  It probably comes from clutch or clunch.] As much
food as one’s hands can hold.
When hungry thou stood’st staring, like an oaf,
I slic’d the luncheon from the barley loaf;
With crumbled bread I thicken’d well the mess. Gay.

LU’GGAGE. n.s.

LU'GGAGE. n.s.

LU’GGAGe. n.s. [from lug.] Any thing cumbrous and un-
weildy that is to be carried away; any thing of more weight
than value.
Come bring your luggage nobly on your back. Shakesp.
What do you mean?
To doat thus on such luggageShakespeare’s Tempest.
Think not thou to find me slack, or need
Thy politick maxims, or that cumbersome
Luggage of war there shewn me. Milton’s Par. Regain’d.
How durst thou with that sullen luggage
O’th’self, old ir’n, and other baggage,
T’oppose thy lumber against us? Hudibras, p. i.
The mind of man is too light to bear much certainty
among the ruffling winds of passion and opinion; and if the
luggage be prized equally with the jewels, none will be cast
out till all be shipwrecked.  Glanv.
A lively faith will bear aloft the mind,
And leave the luggage of good works behind.  Dryden.
I am gathering up my luggage, and preparing for my jour-
ney.  Swift to Pope.

LO’VETOY. n.s.

LO'VETOY. n.s.

LO’VETOY. n.s. [love and toy.] Small presents given by lovers.
Has this amorous gentleman presented himself with any
lovetoys, such as gold snuff-boxes.  Arbuth. and Pope’s Ma. Sc.



LO’VESECRET. n.s. [love and secret.] Secret between lovers.
What danger, Arimant, is this you fear?
Or what lovesecret which I must not hear.  Dryden’s Aur.



LOVELILY. adj. [from lovely.] Amiably; in such a manner
as to excite love.
Thou look’st
Lovelily dreadful.  Otway’s Venice Preserv’d.

LO’USY. adj.

LO'USY. adj.

LO’USY. adj. [from louse.]
I. Swarming with lice; over-run with lice.
Let him be daub’d with lace, live high and whore,
Sometimes be lousy, but be never poor.  Dryden’s Juv.
Sweetbriar and gooseberry are only  lousy in dry times, or
very hot places. Mortimer’s Husbandry.
2. Mean; low born; bred on the dunghill.
I pray you now remembrance on the lousy knave mine host.
A lousy knave, to have his gibes and his mockeries. Shakesp.



LO’OPHOLE. n.s. [loop and hole.]
I. Aperture; hole to give a passage.
The Indian hersman shunning heat,
Shelters in cool, and tends his pasturing herds;
At loopholes cut through thickest shade. Milton’s Par. Lost.
Ere the blabbing Eastern scout
The nice morn on the Indian steep,
From her cabin’d loophole peep.  Milton.
Walk not near yon corner house by night; for there are
blunderbusses planted in every loophole, that go off at the
squeaking of a fiddle.  Dryden’s Spanish Friar.
2. A shift; an evasion.
Needless, or needful, I not now contend,
For still you have a loophole for a friend.  Dryden.



LONGANIMITY. n.s. [longanimitas, Latin; longanimité, Fr.]
Forbearance; patience of offences.
It had overcome the patience of Job, as it did the meek-
ness of Moses, and surely had mastered any but the longa
nimity and lasting sufferance of God.  Brown’s Vulg. Errours.
That innocent and holy matron had rather go clad in the
snowy white robes of meekness and longanimity, than in the
purple mantle of blood.  Howell’s England’s Tears.


To fall tto LOGGERHEADS.

LO’GGERHEADED. adj. [from loggerhead.] Dull; stupid;
You loggerheaded and unpolish’d groom, what! no at-
tendance? Shakesp. Taming of the Shrew.



LI’FEBLOOD. n.s. [life and blood.] The blood necessary to life;
the vital blood.
This sickness doth infect
The very lifeblood of our enterprise.  Shakes. Henry IV.
How could’st thou drain the lifeblood of the child. Shak.
They loved with that calm and noble value which dwells
in the heart, with a warmth like that of lifeblood. Spectator.
Money, the lifeblood of the nation,
Corrupts and stagnates in the veins,
Unless a proper circulation
Its motion and its heat maintains. Swift.
His forehead struck the ground,
Lifeblood and life rush’d mingled through wound. Dryd.