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WERE. The name of a fine among the Saxons imposed upon a murderer.
     2. The life of every man, not excepting that of the king himself, was estimated at a certain price, which was called the were, or vestimatio capitis. The amount varied according to the dignity of the person murdered. The price of wounds was also varied according to the nature of the wound, or the member injured.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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"Well," he said, cheerfully, "we're here; but where the here is I don't know."
Very well, then--next; at present we're caught as we're wanted.
We're not going to pick up any rubbish that drifts in.
"You are with me in the dory - Manuel my name, and I come from schooner "We're Here" of Gloucester.
In the second, it's annoyin' to my feelin's - an' I'm Disko Troop o' the "We're Here" o' Gloucester, which you don't seem rightly to know."
We're all living wonders, Major," he went on, turning to Thomson, "but if I don't get a Sole Colbert and a grill at the Savoy, and a front seat at the Alhambra, before many weeks have passed, I shall get stale--that's what'll happen to me."
'We're within a hundred yards of the German trenches and they are bringing searchlights up.' 'Who were you talking to just now?' I asked, as we stole along.
'But we're not staying the night,' said Vasili Andreevich.
What's to make me sure as the house won't be put o' board wage afore we're many months older, and then I may have to lie awake o' nights wi' twenty gallons o' milk on my mind--and Dingall 'ull take no more butter, let alone paying for it; and we must fat pigs till we're obliged to beg the butcher on our knees to buy 'em, and lose half of 'em wi' the measles.
If we're to go to ruin, it shanna be wi' having our back kitchen turned into a public."
"We're just like old friends, what with the same kind of folks behind us."
"We're the real goods,Saxon an'n me, if anybody should ride up on a buzz-wagon an' ask you."

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