To give aim, to stand aloof.
A term in archery, meaning to
stand within a convenient distance from the butts, to give the
archers information how near their arrows fall to the mark aimed at.
But, gentle people, give me aim a while.
For nature puts me to a heavy task;
Stand all aloof.
Andronicus, v. 3.”
To cry aim.
To applaud, encourage. In archery it was customary to appoint
certain persons to cry aim, for the sake of encouraging those
who were about to shoot.
“All my neighbours shall cry aim.”
Merry Wives of Windsor, iii. 2.”
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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