Careful Words

case (n.)

case (v.)

case (adv.)

case (adj.)

A flat case as plain as a pack-staff.

Thomas Middleton (1580-1627): The Family of Love. Act v. Sc. 3.

  Let us consider the reason of the case. For nothing is law that is not reason.

Sir John Powell (1633-1696): Coggs vs. Bernard, 2 Lord Raymond, 911.

What a case am I in.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): As You Like It. Epilogue.

As the case stands.

Thomas Middleton (1580-1627): The Old Law. Act ii. Sc. 1.

And when a lady's in the case,

You know all other things give place.

John Gay (1688-1732): Fables. Part i. The Hare and many Friends.