Person or persons under consideration. “This is the next party, your worship” —i.e. the next case to be examined. “This is the party that stole the things”- the person or persons accused. (French, partie, a person.)
“If an evil spirit trouble any, one must make a smoke ... and the party shall be no more vexed.”- Tobit vi. 7.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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