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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

Strike; attack violently. This imperative, straight from Shakespeare’s Macbeth (5.7), consists of Macbeth’s final words before he is killed by Macduff: “Before my body I throw my warlike shield. Lay on, Macduff, and damn’d be him that first cries, ‘Hold, enough!’” For some reason this vivid cry caught on enough to be used in any situation calling for vigorous action, and was a cliché from about 1800 on. From the late nineteenth century on it also was often misquoted as lead on, Macduff, which itself became a cliché; it, however, means “Let’s get going; start us off.”
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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. A well-nourished hand crept round the corner of the edifice and enveloped Rollo's in a powerful grip.
About 10 people attend weekly meetings of the Banff, Macduff and District Men's Shed.
emergency services - including 18 firefighters - attended the scene at Macduff harbour at 12.25pm on Saturday.
With a dedicated regional sales managers, increased marketing initiatives and distributor partner, the company is able to significantly expand its sales, said CEO Chris MacDuff.
Charles was greeted by members of the 1st Macduff Scouts at their newly refurbished hut in the coastal town.
The Prince of Wales, known as the Duke of Rothesay while in Scotland, visits the 1st Macduff Scout Hut
In a court action, Alexander "AJ" MacKinnon, 49, and his partner George MacDuff, 53, were granted an interim interdict.
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.
He leaves his wife, Donna (Michaels) Macduff; a son, Richard Macduff of Worcester; two daughters, Kathleen Anderson of Boylston and Christine Robillard of Spencer; a brother, Alex Trenta of Sutton; and four grandchildren.