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Confectionery, including candied fruit and sugared nuts. Often associated with children as in the modern "sweets", or American "candy". Quote in OED from 1640: "Or, like little Children, when we have been whipt and beaten, be pleased again with Sweetmeats." Shakespeare (Romeo & Juliet): "Their breath with Sweet meats tainted are."
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