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lay on, Macduff

Give it your best effort! Go ahead and try it! A line from Shakespeare's Macbeth, in which the title character issues a challenge to his enemy Macduff during their final confrontation. The senator says he wants to reform the healthcare system, to which I say, lay on, Macduff!
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lay on, Macduff

Go ahead and give it your best shot. Macduff, a character in Shakespeare's Macbeth, correctly suspected Macbeth of murdering King Duncan. After Macbeth murders Macduff's family, Macduff leads an army against Macbeth. Their final confrontation includes Macbeth's challenging line: “Lay on, Macduff; / And damned be him that first cries, ‘Hold, enough!'” People who wanted to show off their erudition and wit simultaneously used the phrase in any “Go ahead!” context until it became through overuse a very tired cliche´ to which the best response is “Who's Leon Macduff?”
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To such we may parody the tender exclamation of Macduff, "Alas
Lead on, Macduff," said Good solemnly, trying to look as though he was not at all alarmed, as indeed we all did except Foulata, who caught Good by the arm for protection.
Dear Rhoda McMull will disengage the whole of the Castletoddy property as soon as poor dear Lord Castletoddy dies, who is quite epileptic; and little Macduff McMull will be Viscount Castletoddy.
Grief, gnawing at his heart, had not sagged his ample waistcoat, which preceded him as he moved in much the same manner as Birnam Woods preceded the army of Macduff.
Three strikes" burglar John Macduff, 35, seized his chance to whinge to a courtroom via video link from Durham Prison.
Jordan tried to swim out to the man and drag him ashore at Macduff harbour in Banffshire on Tuesday.
The performer who most pleased the crowd on opening night in Newcastle, however, was Graham MacDuff, playing Millie's boss Mr Graydon.
Alice Brown, standing in on Monday for Joanne Clifton as Millie, enhanced her CV with an effervescent performance while Graham MacDuff, as dull Mr Graydon, her eventual boss, came close to stealing the show with a masterclass in the art of being drunk and incapable.
On 5 May 2017 Macduff Fishing Fleet Limited, owner of the scallop dredger Cornelis Gert Jan and its three masters Pawel Czerniak, Oliver Hughes and Robert Watt pleaded guilty to breaches of the Sea Fish Conservation Act 1967 at Worthing Magistrates Court.
Colin Buist, 49, chairman of the group in Macduff, Aberdeenshire, said: "Our contractor told us the lines had to be raised or redirected so the new roof could be installed.
Such was the case for the top prize winner at last year's Deals and Dealmakers awards, familyowned Macduff Shellfish, which in October 2015 became part of Canada's Clearwater Seafoods.
Although the proposal was attractive and exciting, I had some reservations and a couple of non-negotiable stipulations--one of which was that MacDuff would move with me.
Macbeth subsequently turns his attention to rival Macduff (Sean Harris) and orders the execution of Lady Macduff (Elizabeth Debicki) and her children so that no one stands in his way as decreed by the hags.
Macbeth subsequently turns his attention to rival Macduff (Sean Harris) and in one of the film's most harrowing scenes, he orders the execution of Lady MacDuff (Elizabeth Debicki) and her children so that no one stands in his way as decreed by the hags.
He reveals himself an even wiser, more careful man in his dealings with Macduff, largely because of the unnatural situation that has developed in the Scotland that Macduff laments.