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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Measure, as ex-cess, excess-ive. Out of all cess means excessively, i.e. ex (out of all) cess.   1
        “Poor jade, is wrung in the withers out of all cess.”—Shakespeare: 1 Henry IV., ii. 1.
   Cess. A tax, contracted from assessment (“sess”); as a “church-cess.” In Ireland the word is used sometimes as a contraction of success, meaning luck, as “bad cess to you!”   2

 Cerulean Brother of Jove (The).Cestui que Vie 


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