Comedy of Errors 4.3: 30
Nay, she is worse, she is the devil’s dam, and here she comes in the habit of a light wench; and thereof comes that the wenches say, “God damn me,” that’s as much to say, “God make me a light wench.” It is written, they appear to men like angels of light, light is an effect of fire, and fire will burn: ergo, light wenches will burn. Come not near her.
Much Ado About Nothing 2.3: 105
Ha! “Against my will I am sent to bid you come in to dinner” — there’s a double meaning in that. “I took no more pains for those thanks than you took pains to thank me” — that’s as much as to say, “Any pains that I take for you is as easy as thanks.” If I do not take pity of her, I am a villain; if I do not love her, I am a Jew. I will go get her picture.
Twelfth Night 1.5: 22
Misprision in the highest degree! Lady, “Cucullus non facit monachum”: that’s as much to say as I wear not motley in my brain. Good madonna, give me leave to prove you a fool.
Henry IV Part 2 2.2: 48
Thine, by yea and no, which is as much as to say, as thou usest him, Jack Falstaff with my familiars, John with my brothers and sisters, and Sir John with all Europe.”
Henry VI Part 2 4.2: 8
True; and yet it is said, labor in thy vocation; which is as much to say as, let the magistrates be laboring men; and therefore should we be magistrates.
Julius Caesar 3.3: 14
That’s as much as to say, they are fools that marry. You’ll bear me a bang for that, I fear. Proceed directly.