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 for To run upon sorts
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sort \Sort\, n. [F. sorie (cf. It. sorta, sorte), from L. sors,
     sorti, a lot, part, probably akin to serere to connect. See
     Series, and cf. Assort, Consort, Resort, Sorcery,
     Sort lot.]
     1. A kind or species; any number or collection of individual
        persons or things characterized by the same or like
        qualities; a class or order; as, a sort of men; a sort of
        horses; a sort of trees; a sort of poems.
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     2. Manner; form of being or acting.
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              Which for my part I covet to perform,
              In sort as through the world I did proclaim.
                                                    --Spenser.
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              Flowers, in such sort worn, can neither be smelt nor
              seen well by those that wear them.    --Hooker.
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              I'll deceive you in another sort.     --Shak.
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              To Adam in what sort
              Shall I appear?                       --Milton.
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              I shall not be wholly without praise, if in some
              sort I have copied his style.         --Dryden.
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     3. Condition above the vulgar; rank. [Obs.] --Shak.
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     4. A chance group; a company of persons who happen to be
        together; a troop; also, an assemblage of animals. [Obs.]
        "A sort of shepherds." --Spenser. "A sort of steers."
        --Spenser. "A sort of doves." --Dryden. "A sort of
        rogues." --Massinger.
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              A boy, a child, and we a sort of us,
              Vowed against his voyage.             --Chapman.
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     5. A pair; a set; a suit. --Johnson.
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     6. pl. (Print.) Letters, figures, points, marks, spaces, or
        quadrats, belonging to a case, separately considered.
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     Out of sorts (Print.), with some letters or sorts of type
        deficient or exhausted in the case or font; hence,
        colloquially, out of order; ill; vexed; disturbed.
  
     To run upon sorts (Print.), to use or require a greater
        number of some particular letters, figures, or marks than
        the regular proportion, as, for example, in making an
        index.
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     Syn: Kind; species; rank; condition.
  
     Usage: Sort, Kind. Kind originally denoted things of the
            same family, or bound together by some natural
            affinity; and hence, a class. Sort signifies that
            which constitutes a particular lot of parcel, not
            implying necessarily the idea of affinity, but of mere
            assemblage. the two words are now used to a great
            extent interchangeably, though sort (perhaps from its
            original meaning of lot) sometimes carries with it a
            slight tone of disparagement or contempt, as when we
            say, that sort of people, that sort of language.

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