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A variant form of highest. Also hexist. Found in the medieval proverb: When bale is hext, boot is next; a little later: When bale is highest, boot is nighest. Thomas Sackville differs, in lament at the fall of Troy in A MIRROR FOR MAGISTRATES (1563): O Troy, Troy, there is no boot but bale.
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