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Aroint thee, witch! (1.3.8)

i.e., be gone!

W. F. Langford, editor of the Swan Edition, points out that the expression Aroint thee is "found here and in King Lear and nowhere else." He goes on to state that, although we do not know the origin of the word aroint, the expression Rynt thee "is said to be used by milkmaids in Cheshire to a cow that will not stand still, as though it had been bewitched" (Swan Macbeth, Academic Press Canada, 1987, p.6).

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