A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)
S(c)hute, S(c)huit, S(c)hote, S(c)hoot(t, Schet(e, v. Also: schwt(e, s(c)hut(t; s(c)huitt, schuite, schwit, schuyt; s(c)hout, schout(t)e, showt(e, schowit, sowt(e; shoote; scheut, seut; s(c)hot(t, s(c)hoit(e; shett. P.t. s(c)hot(t, chot, shut; schote; s(c)hoit(t, schoite; schute, shoot. P.p. s(c)hot(t, chot, shut(t, schote, s(c)hoit(t, s(c)hoyt(t, shoat(e. [ME and e.m.E. schetenn (Orm), scheotan (a1225), schote(n, schute(n (both c1400), schute (Cath. Angl.), schutte (c1500), shoot (1569), OE scéotan or scotian.] See S(c)hot n.1 for further examples.
I. To move suddenly, rapidly or forcefully.
1. intr. To move or pass rapidly, usu. in a specified direction; to rush, dash. Const. locative complement.
Chiefly, with hostile intention.
And als the hund … Schot till him sone & gan him ta Rycht be the nek; Barb. vii 474.
He … in all his ger Schot in the dik; Ib. ix 392.
Thai … schot furth fra thai harnasyt war; Ib. 715.
The constabill … All armyt schot furth to the cry; Ib. x 668.
For sum vald schut [E. schout] out of thar rout … and ber doune men; Ib. xi 596 (C).
Throw-out the toun thai raissyt the cry And schot to-gidder her and thar; Ib. xvii 111 (E).
Athre of thame … But rednes schot thai edryse til; Leg. S. xi 305.
Lat ws togidder de And in amyd our ennemyis army schute; Doug. ii vi 105.
He … with sa swift fard schot throu the melle That [etc.]; Ib. xii xi 151.
And quhen ye shoot alongis the shoar keip sycht Stand to your takill [etc.]; Bann. MS 210b/8.
b. To schute apon (on) (a person), to rush on, to make an onslaught on, to assault violently.
Chiefly in early verse.
He thocht that with a gret menȝe He suld schute apon [C. on] him sudanly; Barb. vii 397.
Than schot thai on thaim with a schout; Ib. ix 596.
Schyr Eduuard … With … his cumpany Schot apon [C. on] thaim sa sturdely That [etc.]; Ib. xiv 210.
The Scottis-men … schot on thaim at abandoun; Ib. xv 59.
Than fersly schout [1571 set] on thaim [C. hym] we may; Ib. 482.
The hound … schot on Symeon in-to brath; Leg. S. i 525.
He gert feyle feyndis thare apere, To schot one hyr with fellone bere; Ib. xxx 654.
Than thai … Schot vpone him full douchtely; Alex. i 1118.
Seuin thousand … That shot with arrowis barblit bare Of syde come shutand on thame; Ib. 1624.
On owre hors bakkis than sall we Schwte on thame; Wynt. viii 5804.
All the beistis befoir that bandonit bene Will schute vpon my beistis with ire and tene; Henr. Fab. 2475.
Than but delay apoun [him] all thai schot; Kennedy Pass. Christ 442.
On thame we schot and in thar myd rowt duschit [etc.]; Doug. ii vii 39.
c. intr. for reflex. To throw oneself (to the ground).
War nocht for schame he had schot to the ground; Wall. (1570) vi 201.
2. intr. Of a material thing: To fly in the direction specified in consequence of an impact, collision, etc.; to move or flow rapidly or suddenly; to stick out of, project from (the mouth).
Metallis quhilkis meltit quhen the toune brynt and schot doune all togedir the metallis and mellit thame all togedir; Hay I 56/28.
Or gif his wappin schot out of the barrieris be ony cas of aventure; Ib. 268/20.
The said guidwyffe tuik ane wodnes and hir toung schot out of hir heid and swallit lyke ane pott; 1590–1 Crim. Trials I ii 236.
For this river shutteth up the whole firth … no less then fourscoir myles long; c1641–54 J. Gordon in Macfarlane's Geog. Coll. II 553.
3. Of blood or tears, etc.: To burst forth; to rush out.
Schire teris schot fra schalkis; Gol. & Gaw. 639.
Fra schalkis schot schire blude our scheildis so schene; Ib. 690.
Vpon the flouris schot [1570 schot out] the schonkan blude; Wall. iii 156.
Keep ȝour selff safe … from the cruell and violent ayre that first shutts out of the pott; for in it is the greatest venome in the world; 16.. Soc. Ant. XI 195.
4. Of wind: To blow violently.
[Ac venti] … incubuere [mari], schot fordwart; Buch. Comm. on Virgil Æn. i 84.
proverb. And let the wind shute in the [sea]; Montg. Sonn. lxix 8.
Lat the wind schute in the sea; Carmichael Prov. No. 1027.
5. Of earth, sand, a bank, etc.: To fall, or slide, suddenly downwards; to collapse. b. With the gap or breach caused by a collapsed wall as subject: To open up.
For ane dayis casting of the brey that schot at the end of the tounes new myln; 1581 Lanark B. Rec. 85.
Ye … caist hollis in the sand to have buried him whilk still schutting and filling with sand and water, swa that ye wes not abill to get his corps covered; 1611 Crim. Trials III 131.
The brae upon the south side of the easter malt milne is shot and fallen doune with the breaking of the storme in winter last; 1692 Edinb. B. Rec. XII 97.
b. To Johne Simsone maisone for bigging up a great slop that schott out in the syd of Sir Michell Elphinstounes hous; 1618–19 M. Works Acc. (ed.) II 107.
6. To put forth buds or shoots.
He sall haif brute, as tre on rute Endlang the rever plantit; To burge and schute, and sall gif frutt In tyme; Scott xxxv 11.
Some flours may shoot suppose they haif no seed; Montg. Misc. P. xxxii 25.
At Martimess … the keall cam to seid and schot; Spalding I 49.
7. fig. To schute to dede (deith), to die suddenly, as by a mishap or accident.
Also, freq., as a result of magic or witchcraft.
See 25 c below and S(c)hot n.1 10.
The oxin at thair pasture tuke an uncouth rowting and schot haistely to deith; Bell. Boece II 172.
Ane gray naige … qwha schott to dead in the homcuminge; 1588–9 Burntisland B. Ct. 21 March.
Thow sall … suddanlie schute to deid in thy awin chyre; 1622 Crim. Trials III 522.
II. To cause to move, to propel.
8. tr. To thrust (a person, also an animal) in a specified direction; to force into a specified place, posture or position; to push violently. Also fig. or in fig. context.
To schut by, to push out of one's way. Also with infinitive complement.
(1) He schot hyre [L. mulierem cum indignatione repellebat] to the erde in tene; Leg. S. xxi 254.
Suddanly thai ware all deide, & schot in till gong stinkand; Ib. xxvii 981.
Thai bat-men that had hyme Schot in the se; Ib. xxxvii 374.
Bot Jhon … Schot hym off bak [C. on bak, W. abak]; Wynt. viii 4947.
He Syn fra him dede schot him doun sodanle; Wall. ii 100.
That Thomas Melros dang hir and schot hir our varpynfalt; 1538 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 196.
That cruell murtherar gart schut him fre his takoris; Pitsc. I 319/24.
His sonn schott thé ouer amanges the coirne; 1597 Misc. Spald. C. I 128.
Immediatlie eftir he was strukin, his maiestie schoitt him doun the stair; 1600 Crim. Trials II 183.
He … schot him fra him doun ane watter bra; 1607 Ib. 532.
Scho bad the said James … schut his horse bak and foir to the fyre thryse; 1623 Dalyell Darker Superst. 126.
Depones … he saw thé James Heart schute John Chrystie over in ane close heid; 1637 Justiciary Cases II 341.
John Campbell did schute him on his knee and he then suddentlie up lap on John Campbell; 1668 Rothesay B. Rec. 159.
He threw ane capfull of ale in his face and shot him over the furm; 1694 Peebles B. Rec. II 147.
(b) [Mercury] tuke his wand quharwith … The pail sawlis he cachis furth of hell And other sum tharwith gan schet [Ruddim. schete; L. mittit] full hoyt Deip in … hellys pote; Doug. iv v 127.
fig. That it [sc. eloquence] may schuit men forduart to the consent thairof, quhome it may nocht aluterlie tyist; Winȝet II 51/11.
That shot idolatrie is shuitand vp agane; 1570 Sat. P. xvii 108.
The papistrie, … as it come in over the dycke, so sould it be shot ouer the dycke againe; Bann. Memor. 128.
The King of Ingland quha had repudiat his wyfe … and shot her from him; Dalr. II 225/1.
Quhat is the mater that ȝe meine … Schut hame ȝour wyfe; Philotus 1139.
Tossed in his soul, like to be shot from God; Dickson Wr. 68.
(2) Some … wald schulder him and schut hym by when they entrit in the chamber; Melville Mem. 132.
(3) [Thay] schot hir self with hir barnes to duell in the kilbarne; Spalding I 61.
b. Without complement: To push or knock over; to push away (someone's hands).
The knight his hands in hers could fang She shoot his hands and bade, let go; Sir Eger 1301.
The said Villiem schot Mairyone and hir kne bled; 1534 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 145.
He … had misbehaved himself in the house of God by shutting his neighbours, and casting down their books; 1611 Perth Kirk S. in J. P. Lawson
The Book of Perth 267.
c. To schute (a person) to the ȝet (ȝettis) or dure (doors), to expel violently from a house. Also, fig., to reject, dismiss.
Eftir reding of the same letter he schot the said Gawen to his yet; 1578 Reg. Privy C. III 33.
Acusat … for … misusing off his wyffe and schuitting hir to the yeat; 1580 St. A. Kirk S. 447.
Thay … schot the lady with hir dochteris to hir owne yit; Spalding I 51.
Monro … schot his wyf and barnes to the dur; Ib. 277.
Sir Williame Forbes … schot thame to the yettis; Ib. II 396.
One that has robbed, spoiled and shut him to the doors … as one unworthy to manage the affairs of his own house; 1681 Cloud of Witnesses 125.
He shott her to the door by the shoulder; 1697 Dumfr. & Galloway Soc. XXXIII 102.
fig. Knawing that our Mastres … lufeand lawtie … wyl nocht be hard, bot repellit and schot to the dure; Winȝet I 45/1.
Schute it [supra this ministery] to the dore and for ocht I can see I trow it sall gang away; Rollock Wks. I 415.
d. To throw (a corpse) (into (in) a hole).
[Darnley's body] caryit … to the abbay … and schot in ane hoill; 1568 Buch. Indict. 22.
9. To schute furth, out or away, to expel; to banish; to drive out or away. Also fig.
(1) Methocht Judas with mony ane Jow Tuik blissit Jesu … And schot him furth with mony ane schow; Dunb. (OUP) 7/11.
Suppois I war ane ald ȝaid aver Schott furth our clewch to squische the clever; Ib. 126/4.
He commandit ane large nowmer of bestiall to be schot furth on the nixt day at porte Aquillyne; Bell. Livy I 148/4.
He … schot furth all thame that war fundin thareintill; Ib. II 125/8.
The pure plewmen & laubouraris of ȝour lands Quhen tha haue nocht to fill ȝour gredie hands … Ȝe schute thame furth, syne puts ane vthir thair; Lauder Minor P. i 531.
Sicklyk was Sipio saiklesly schot furth; 1581 Sempill Sat. P. xliii 97.
[They] tyrrit thair claithes of thame and schot thame moder-nakit furth of thair said duelling hous; 1598 Crim. Trials II 70.
[He] gave the traitour ane deidlie wounde … and schutting him furth of the chalmer [etc.]; 1600 Haddington Corr. 208.
(2) Treu workmen … to schute oute the vnclene baris … and to schut out or cut of alsua the wyld sangleris, that is, the proude schismatikis; Winȝet I 45/11, 13.
Quhen I … wes expellit and schott out of that my kyndly toun and fra my tender freindis thair; Ib. 49/5.
It is ourlait to schute me owte; Bann. MS 264b/53.
Quhat ellis sall we say scho menit thairby, bot, as the poet sayis, for pure lufe, God wait, scho schute him out of dures? Bot this tender creature, that outher schutes out hir husband, or als sone as he is cum chasis him away agane [etc.]; Buch. Detect. (1727) 43.
The said cuntrie men … schote dispytfullie the pairtie of Edinburgh without; Diurn. Occurr. 300.
Because the Inglis king schot not out be forse of this … rycht, … the heires of Makonell; Dalr. II 249/8.
[They] schoit him oute of the said kirkyaird be the schoulderis; 1600 Elgin Rec. I 223.
Quha thoght the poet somtyme worth his place, Suppose … they shot him out sensyne; Montg. Sonn. xvii 12.
‘Sweeth away! … pack thé, swinger!' and cryed to the door keeper, ‘Shutt him out!’; Scot Narr. 302.
He will shoot out none that will stay in His house; Dickson Wr. 93.
The vther Frendracht schot out of his company; Spalding I 16.
They might have … shot him … out of doores with violence; Jus Populi 190.
(3) Furthe at the dur he schot thame quyt away; Maitland Maitl. F. 316/58.
[She] schot away from hir, in maner into exyle, the ȝoung gentilman; Buch. Detect. (1727) 38.
Quhome … he repudiat, forsuke and frome him as vnworthie schott her away; Dalr. I 144/14.
Gif those howlattis and stymeis war schote away; 1616 Crim. Trials III 588.
(4) fig. For ony part of the Catholik doctrine being refusit and schot away, wtheris thingis also … sal be schote away; Winȝet II 60/3, 6.
That shot hes justice and vertew shot away; 1570 Sat. P. xvii 107.
The bishops being shot away, the kirk assembled in Edinburgh appointed that [etc.]; 1619 Sel. Biog. I 73.
If sense say, Shall God be cumbered with thee? He will shute thee away; Dickson Wr. 8.
It were good for us … not to rest by the gate and … shoot out our wrath upon the stone that is casten at us; Henderson Serm. 346.
Humility … shooteth out self-confidence; Durham Commandments (1675) 207.
b. To schute off, to cast off, reject, repudiate.
Bot quhen Dosie … and vtheris Frenchmen had schot her aff as we speik, in a maner resisteng and gainstandeng thame; Dalr. II 442/12.
10. To push (a boat) into the water or sea; to launch.
Men mycht thaim se Schute all thar galayis to the se And ber to se baith ayr and ster; Barb. iv 629.
That thai wald … schute thare bate with gud wil; Leg. S. xvi 505.
Wynt. ix 375.
Bottis was schot and fra the roch thaim sent; Wall. ix 47.
Infinite of his folkis … clam in the bote. Quhen be na way thai mycht schute hir fra land, scho was sa wechty, … all that cumpany was sonkin; Boece 189b.
Schortlie thare after the admirall schot a flote boite which … sounded the deipe and so returned to hir schippe; Knox I 120.
The Hollanders shott their boates; Calderwood VII 575.
b. To set, or put in position, a fishing net, also (once) a fishing line. Cf. Schot n.1 13.
(1) Ane schal noght row owir to schute his nett quhill [etc.]; 1447 Aberd. B. Rec. MS IV p. 477.
And pass vp and set owr thar nettis with routh with a tow of xxiiij fadom and schot at his avauntage quhen and quhat tym quhar thai lykis; 1467 Reg. Dunferm. 359.
Piscaturam … cum potestate vulgariter le schute haill draw py and paill in quacunque parte infra dictos limites; 1509 Reg. Great S. 714/1.
Cum potestate to haill, schutt, peill and draw nettis on all pairtis usit and wont within the saidis boundis; 1583 (1584) Ib. 225/2.
Salmond fishers in the paroch of Leuchars, enacted … never to shutt a nett on the Sabboth; 1642 St. A. Presb. 7.
(2) That na persoun or personis sall fische, ley or schuit ony lynis within ony vo of the contrie fra Beltane to Alhalowmes yeirlie; 1604 Shetland Sheriff Ct. (ed.) 151.
11. To schute doun (a construction, as a wall, etc.), to knock down, to pull down, to break down. Cf. 5 above.
Atour the dike thai ȝeid on athir side, Schott doun the wall; Wall. ii 126.
Sum schot doun with thar hand The altaris markyt for the sacryfys; Doug. xii v 154.
Being Sonday … the said auld dike chot doune and … enterit twa uther workmen; 1561–2 Edinb. Old Acc. II 163.
12. To thrust with a brisk movement (a part of the body) into the place, or in the direction, specified. Also fig.
Also to schute out (one's hands), to take (prompt) action.
(1) Ane other … his hand gan schute Betuix the sterap and his fute; Barb. iii 117.
I … schot my left arme in my scheild; Doug. ii x 199.
For we schot our arme in the mouth thairof; Bell. Boece I xxxiv.
[She] schot hir arme into the place quhare the bar suld have passit; Ib. II 511.
He schot his hand in the fire; Id. Livy I 151/10.
Ben thair come ane gredy sow … And in scho schot hir mekle mow; Wyf Awcht. 75.
(2) The bischope randerit his spreit … and schew [I. schot] out his toung maist wyldlie as he had bene hangit wpoun ane gallous; Pitsc. I 67/31.
Gif they saw his maiestie schut out his bair heid & airmes out at the windok; 1600 State P. (Reg. H.) No. 108/9.
I … saw cleirlie his maiestie beirheadit schut furth his head & arme at the foirsaid window; 1600 Acts IV 210/1.
(3) fig. Unles ȝe now sharplie shuit out ȝour handis, And trewlie try the gyltie of this blude; 1567 Sat. P. iii 81.
b. fig. To schute out the hornes, to extend the scope or influence (of something).
Quhen this Pelagian hæresie … appeired to schute out the hornes ay wyder and wyder; Dalr. I 238/23.
13. To thrust a (relatively) pointed object (through (thorow) something); to put (in) (a material thing) (in a specified place) with a rapid or forceful movement.
Robert Grahame … was harlit throw the toun … & hait yrne schot thorow all partis of his body; Boece 633b.
The Gaule … schot in his swerde in the leif of the ballance that was fals; Bell. Livy II 225/26.
Four daills of fir … thrie thairof lyand in the over loft beneath peis strae and the furt shot in at the laigh barne slit; 1622 Dunferm. B. Rec. II 134.
The evil spirit … shut staves thorrow the wall at him but did no hurt; 1696 T. Davidson Rowan Tree (1949) 267.
b. To thrust (a weapon or implement) into the place specified.
The skorne of Absolone, Quhen the hett culter wes schott in his hers Be clerk Nicolus; Wedderburn Bann. MS 260a/17.
Ilk schuteng his rapper in vtheris bellie; Dalr. II 186/30.
c. To thrust, push or otherwise move (something) aside.
([Jupiter] montem) Impulit in latus, schot the hill asyde or ȝondby; Buch. Comm. on Virgil Æn. i 82.
14. To schute the bar (of a door), to push back a bar or bolt so as to free it from its fastenings.
I have gotten now, honour to my Lord, the gate to open the store [1894 slote], and shut the bar of his door; 1633 Rutherford Lett. iii (1675) 193.
b. To schute (a key or lock), to force a lock.
Thay schot na keyis to brek the coffiris than; 1573 Sempill Sat. P. xxxix 209.
Ye opnit the haill duris and schot the lokis of all the kistis within the said place; 1601 Crim. Trials II 341.
I know now … how to shut the lock & unbolt my welbeloved's door; 1637 Rutherford Lett. (1664) 343.
c. To schute (the) dure, to break open a locked door.
And thair schoite the said James hall dure, and thairout thifteouslie stae tua gray pladdis [etc.]; 1601 Misc. Spald. C. II 145.
15. To schute out (the bounds of a city or piece of land), to extend, enlarge.
Throw quhilk the wallis war schot out with mare magnificent boundis than afore; Bell. Livy I 97/3.
That na persoun schute out his land upone ony commoun gaitt, but as he aucht; 1582 Kirkcaldy B. Rec. 70.
b. reflex. To project, extend; to stick out.
Italy … growing narrower and narrower till it shut out it selfe in two hornes; Lithgow Trav. i 22.
16. To drive (animals) to a place. Cf. 9 above.
That no katel be haldin in the infeld … bot all … be schot to the common daylie; 1521 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 61.
17. To conduct (rain water) clear of a building; to let run away.
The watter tabill of the sidwallis of the said kirk … to be in ane caisment hevin for leid to be lad thairin to schout the watter by the wyndowis; 1542 Soc. Ant. III 163.
18. Of a dragon, also a lynx: To emit fire or flames by breathing out.
& blessis of fyre with brynt-stane At nese & mowthe thai [sc. dragons] schote owte; Leg. S. x 157.
Wes neuir lenx that schuttis fyre Mare fulfillit of breth & yre; Ib. xxxi 509.
Lyk till dragownys fyr schutand; Wynt. vi 432.
b. Of a comet: To throw out (flames, etc.) in its wake.
A maruellous gret comet quhilk toward the south schot fyrie stremes terrabillie; Dalr. II 90/5.
19. Of grain: To emit or expend (its essence).
Malt makaris … lat it [supra beir] akyrspire and schut out all the pith of it; Acts I 337/2.
b. To schute forth (venom), to eject from the body.
And three of the most dangerous creatures that may be found ly within this pott which will all three shutt forth thair venome als soone als the pott is opned; 16.. Soc. Ant. XI 195.
c. To schute out (one's voice), to speak aloud, to call out; to utter sounds.
[He] Schot out [Bann. Put furth] his voce full schyll and gaif ane schout; Henr. Fab. 847.
d. fig. To vent (malice or anger) (contrare a person or thing).
Bot sen ȝe do nocht sa, appere ȝe nocht to schuit out ȝour malice contrare ws, and nocht contrare that quhilk ȝe had an errour? Winȝet I 116/13.
20. intr. To void excrement. Also to schute behind or under.
Ȝe gart me schute behind; Henr. Fab. 2567.
I schot behind quhen thow ouertuke me euer; Ib. 2584.
Apon hir sydis [sc. a ship's] was sene that thou coud schute; Kennedy Flyt. 451.
Quhen that the schip was … undir saile … Thou schot … Beschate the stere [etc.]; Ib. 459.
I … schot sa fast abone and vnder The divill durst not cum neir my dok; Lynd. Sat. 625.
b. To throw up; to vomit. Also to schute abone (see quot. Lynd. above).
Out of thair throttis thay schot on udder Hett moltin gold; Dunb. (OUP) 152/61.
c. tr. To eject from the body as excrement or vomit.
And quhen the hundis persewis hir scho seutis and castis hir filth apon the doggis; Loutfut MS 19b.
Scho puft and ȝiskit with sic riftis That verry dirt come furth with driftis. Sic dry smell droggis fra hir scho schot, Quhill scho maid all the flure on flot; Lynd. Sat. 4361 (B).
III. To discharge a missile.
21. tr. a. To let fly (an arrow, bolt, etc.) from a bow, crossbow or the like (at (apon, contrar) a person or other target); to hurl (a stone) from a sling. Also fig. or in fig. context.
Once, with bow as object, see e below.
(1) Bot quhene thai schot thare arrois [etc.]; Leg. S. xix 572.
Arowys thai schot als fers as ony fyr Atour the wall; Wall. viii 767.
He was slane be Lamech the blind vengeabilly schoting ane arowe at ane hert; Asl. MS I 302/6.
Fair Callyng that wele a flayn coud schute; Dunb. G. Targe 188.
Quha best on fute kan ryn, lat se, … Or dartis kast, and best schute arrowis lycht; Doug. v ii 53.
Men with licht harnes … schot incredibill nowmer of stanis and ganyeis with corsbowis and slongis; Bell. Boece I 229.
Thay wer stoppit be ganyeis, arowis, and stanis, schot out of the touris of Camelon; Ib. II 161.
Boece 384b (see c below).
Quhen all his blunt boultis and pithles artelȝerie ar schot; Winȝet I 58/26.
That the radier quhen thay walde thay mycht schote or caste a darte or ane arrow; Dalr. I 93/20.
[He] schouttes his arrow down the … wynd quhilk lightes upon … a matman of the town, and hurts him in the crag; Melvill 308.
proverb. A fooles bout is sone schot; Carmichael Prov. No. 76.
(2) Apon the top tharof [sc. a ship's mast] gart fessyn fast A fleand dow intil a cord, quharat Thai suld thar arowys schuyt; Doug. v ix 8.
The Scottis … come sa fersly with thair lang speris that thair ennimes had na laseir to schote thair dartis; Bell. Boece II 183.
Ane multitude of arrowis and ganeȝeis apoun Romanis war schott; Boece 141.
The bendit stringis of the cors bowis suld … schute the ganeȝeis apoun the handillaris; Ib. 429b.
When the arrow was shutt at the cross; 1678 Stirling Common Good 122.
(3) fig. I sall ger fasone weile a flane And schut yt fra my hart; a1510 Aberd. Univ. Rev. XXXVI i 44.
Thocht ȝe rin rudelie lyke ane restles ram Schutand ȝour bolt at mony sindrie schellis; Lynd. Answ. Flyt. 37.
Allace I am the merk of the but contrar the quhilk euere man schutis arrous of tribulatione; Compl. 123/9.
Suld I not heate these harmefull hands … Which shott the shafts of love [etc.]? Fowler I 152/2.
b. To overshoot, shoot to the other side of an intervening space.
Bot ay sic space is us betwene That nane can schut it with ane flane; Dunb. (OUP) 120/59.
c. To hurl, throw (a dart, spear or the like, also a bundle of burning heather) (at a person).
Some quots. in which dart is the object, may belong in a above.
He schot ane dart at him in hy; Troy-bk. ii 2955.
Dartis and staffis heidit with steill Thay bair and couth shute thame richt weill; Alex. i 1672.
Ȝe can shute speiris That hit the hart, and it nocht deres; Ib. ii 3761.
Ane angyle … Wes send schwtand a dart off ire; Wynt. v 4526.
He … schot at him thre fellone dartis; Myll Spect. 281/4.
In honest fait of armys [he is] maist expert, And best betaucht to schute or cast a dart; Doug. xi xiv 86.
Thai made the haddir in faggaldis and kindilling thame in fyre … schot thame doun amang the palliouns of inemyis; Boece 266.
Danys … schot thare awfull dartis and brade arrowis; Ib. 384b.
Thei schote spearis and dagged arrowis whare the cumpanyes war thikest; Knox I 87.
Dalr. I 93/20 (see a (1) above).
That he sall not … schuit a wasp spear, nor put out a wand on any pairt of the water of Tay; 1632 Black Bk. Taymouth 389.
d. To fire (a gun or other firearm). Also to schute furth, aff.
With and without locative complement.
(1) pres. In ilk cart twa gunnys … and ane cunnande man to schut thame; 1456 Acts II 45/2.
The pynouris … carying the irn gun to the sandis to schut hir thair; 1506 Treas. Acc. III 203.
Persouns … that can handill and schute ony maner of artailyery; 1548 (c1580) Edinb. B. Rec. II 133.
Ane thousand hakbuttis gar schute al at anis; Lynd. Test. Meldrum 183.
(b) That the castell suld shuitt thair haill ordinance; 1600 Edinb. B. Rec. V 269.
That na … persounes … sall schuit, weir or beir culveringis, dagis or pistolettis vpoun thair bodeis; 1601 Crim. Trials II 370.
(c) To schout and chairge the haill ordinance at his majestie hame cuming; 1617 M. Works Acc. (ed.) II 75.
For the powder to showt thame [sc. cannon] being sextene pound wecht; 1645–6 Dumfries Treas. Acc. MS p. 20.
(d) For pouder to shoot the cannan; 1638 Dumfr. & Galloway Soc. XVII 338.
(e) Desyrand … that he might schott his artaillȝe at the Inglische ost; Pitsc. I 270/10.
The maister gouner … cuttit the quhellis and axtrie of his gone that he was schottand; Ib. II 99/12.
(f) Tyberie … shotes at thame a gret peace frome aboue; Dalr. II 317/5.
The Inglismen and Italianis tha chaist til a hicher parte of the ile, fra quhilk shoteng arrowis and casting stanes, lykwyse shuiting gunis, a certane space tha scharplie gainestude; Ib. 328/4, 5.
(g) James Frank to schoit ane govne, and thairafter the swiche to cum to the gait; 1557 Peebles B. Rec. I 240.
p.t. The gret gwn the quhilk a Franche man schot richt wele; Asl. MS I 244/28.
Thai … schot ane gone; Dunb. (OUP) 149/112.
The Inglismen … schott ane gret cannone or twa at the Scoittis; Pitsc. I 229/25.
Tha thair cannounis … stellit and schot against the heichest houses of the nobillest men; Dalr. II 438/8.
Ane narow entrie at quhilk the saidis conspiratouris … schot pistoletis; Moysie 87.
The Laird Auchindrayne … schott hagbuttis … at thame; Hist. Kennedy 60.
(b) [They fell upon them, and] schote diuerse pecis of artilȝeari [at them]; 1531 Crim. Trials I i 156.
[He] schote ane pistolett at him of intentioun to have schott him thairwith; 1586–7 Reg. Privy C. IV 139.
(c) [They] schoit and dischargeit ane greite nowmer of hacquebutis and pistolettis; 1599 Oliphants 170.
(d) Quhan thir proclematiounis war endit … than the trumpattis and schalmes blew and so did the arteilȝerie schuit and bellis rang [etc.]; Pitsc. II 124/16.
(e) He acknowledges that he shoot his pistoll once or twice at the wind and at ane mark; 1687 Reg. Privy C. 3 Ser. XIII 180.
p.p. The grettest gun that is schott will nocht scar thame [sc. Solan geese] nor chais thame away; Dalr. I 25/15.
(b) For the drawing of the pece cassin before the last chakar to be schote witht hir; 1542 Treas. Acc. VIII 127.
(c) And than this deponar preissit to haif shoit his awin pistolett and it misgaif; 1609 Crim. Trials III 47.
(2) That thairfor the capitane of the said castell suffir na gunnis to be schot furth of the samin to the hurt … of our souerane lordis liegis; 1524–5 Acts II 290/2.
In the monting of Mons furtht of hir lair to be schote; 1558 Treas. Acc. X 367.
It fortunit ane peice of artalȝerie wes schote furth of the castell, quhilk chancit to licht vpoun … Lord Methvene; Diurn. Occurr. 260.
The castell … wes enveronit … , sum peces of artaillerie wes schot furth; 1579 Warrender P. (SHS) I 145.
(3) Not ane cannoune was schott or lattne aff afor the neist day; Dalr. II 436/9.
Cannounis schot of be the Inglismen against the kirk; Ib. 436/21.
The reisters schot aff all ther pistolles; Melville Mem. 28.
e. Rarely, with multiple object, in both senses a and d above.
The grundin ganȝeis and grit gunnis syne Thai schut without; K. Hart 862.
Sum to schut the hand bow, corsebow and collvering; Pitsc. I 232/9.
f. With gunpowder as object.
For ane eftirnunes lawing to the bailleis and ȝouth of the toun that schot pulder that day; 1597 Misc. Spald. C. V 64.
For ten pond of pouder that was schot with the chalmeris; 1610 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I 324.
g. To discharge (a bullet) from a gun. Also with a gun as subject.
(1) Thay schott ane bullon throw his hatt; 1585 Reg. Privy C. III 743.
[They] scheutis furth of the forster [= fore-stair] … sum bullatts amangis tham; 1588 Aberd. Council Lett. I 38.
The gayleis shuiting al kynd of shuitting bulletis; Dalr. II 295/13.
Quhen thay had shott ydanlie … tua hunder bullets [etc.]; Ib. 310/5.
(2) Forty twa small ones [sc. pieces] shoutting one halfe pund bullet; 1660 Wemyss Corr. 60.
h. With cognate object, in senses a and d above.
To schute ane deid volie, to fire a salute at a funeral; to schute nipschot, see Nipschot n.
(1) He causit schwit diuers schottis thairat; 1590–1 Crim. Trials I ii 228.
[He] shoit three or foure schoitis of pistollettis at him; 1594 Reg. Privy C. V 194.
Ane schott of ane pistolett … schott furth of the hie schole be ane of the bayrnes; 1595 Edinb. B. Rec. V 138.
Thay … schoit and dilasheit aucht schoit … of pistollettis and hacquebutis at the said complenair; 1597–8 Reg. Privy C. V 443.
The ordince … haid not shoat above sevin or eight shot, when [etc.]; 1615 Melrose P. 602.
Eftir the[y] haid schot the vollie; 1625 M. Works Acc. (ed.) II 167.
Young Drumme … did newer … shoot a shoott to the prejudice off anie off the lidges; 1644 Wemyss Corr. 89.
And thrie soldiouris apoyntit, ilkane efter vther, to schute thrie deid schottis at him whill he wes schot deid; Spalding I 374.
(2) Thair wes ane deid volie schot be the soldiouris for thair owne man Ramsay at the old kirk dur; Spalding I 212.
22. intr. To send forth an arrow, bullet, or other missile from a bow, gun, etc.; to fire at a person or other target.
Also with locative complement, see also c below.
(1) pres. [They] swa assaile thaim with thar speris That thai na layser haiff to schut; Barb. xiii 59.
The king has gert his archeris then Schoute for to put thai men agayn; Ib. xvi 147.
That … thar be maid bowmerkis and specialy nere paroche kirkis quhare vpone haly dais men may cum and at the lest schute thris about and haif vsage of archary; 1424 Acts II 6/1.
And gif he can nocht schut that he haif ane ax and a targe; 1456 Ib. 45/2.
Quhen he herd ony wilde beste stalkand besyde him, be avys of his fele, he wald schute; Hay I 234/4.
Schuyt; Doug. v ix 56.
How can ane blind man schut arrycht; Norvell Bann. MS I p. 12/13.
For restraynte of shotynge with gunnes … we … commande you … to apprehende all persons … that so vses to shote contrary our order; 1565 Reg. Morton I 14.
The captane wha forbad his to shute quhill thei wer very neir; Bann. Memor. 175.
Quhair sic wer wont at all games to be reddy, To schuit or loup for to exerce thair body; 1572 Sat. P. xxxiii 268.
Ane act … in favouris of the ilandouris to shote within a myle of thair owne housis for thair recreatioun allanerlie; 1616 Denmylne MSS in
Highland P. III 305.
p.t. Thar archeris … schot rycht hard and grewous; Barb. xiii 52.
Foure hundir knychtis thra Al that day schot hyme fore to sla; Leg. S. xix 656.
Sotheroun men schot and braithly kest doun stanys; Wall. viii 602.
A cloud of arowis … lousit thay And schot quhill wastit was thair artilye; Dunb. (OUP) 34/179.
Thare [was] a combate betuix the galayis and the Englis schippis; thei schote fracklie a whill; Knox I 220.
Ane baillȝie, ane pyper, that schot felloun neir and warrit the Inglischemen … be neir schutting bot the rest of airchouris schott far and wight; Pitsc. I 340/26, 341/1.
(2) And the Scottis archeris alsua Schot amang thaim sa deliuerly; Barb. xiii 209.
Ib. xvi 105.
Bauldly [he] schott amang thai men of wer. … And at a schoyt the formast sone he sleu; Wall. iv 552.
In Ynd ar treis so hie that men may nocht schute to thair crope; Asl. MS I 159/1.
The ane pairtie schuteand out and castand stanis furth of the said tolbuyth and the vther pairtie schuteand hagbuttis in the same agane; Diurn. Occurr. 284.
The castell … brocht certane pices of arteilȝerie with thame to the captanes ludgeing and schot downe and langis the gait amangis thame of Edinburgh; Pitsc. II 264/5.
Tak ane gun and put it in ane bairnes hand, he will slay ane man or schute throw ane buirden dure; Rollock Wks. I 413.
Sharper shuters ner the mark will shute; Montg. Sonn. xlvi 6.
Walter Rosse … did shutt in with gunes and pistolls at the windowes; 1665 Reg. Privy C. 3 Ser. II 24.
Ilk persone that sall schoot … sall give in … befoir they be suffered to schoott [at the papingo] threttein schilling four pennyis Scottis; 1665 Irvine Mun. II 91.
When he stood their and shoot over the steeple of Edenburgh; 1665–7 Lauder Jrnl. 37.
b. In extended sense, = to take an active part in fighting.
[It is in my mind … to] schoot [in the wars in Ireland]; 1595–6 Cal. Sc. P. XII 171.
c. With the weapon discharged as subject.
With that the culuerinnis begouth to schute; Hay Alex. 1382.
Reddy to schute thay haue sax gret cannounnis; Lynd. Test. Pap. 931.
All the ordinance of the Inglis camp schote for noveltie … in presens of the saids ambassatouris; Diurn. Occurr. 277.
The bowis, hagbutis and artaillȝe schott on ilk syde; Pitsc. II 39/14.
And for honour of his bonyalla, the canons shott out of the castell of Edinburghe; Birrel Diary 43.
Fra tym ȝe caus my cannoun royal shuit Haif at ȝour rocks … Sho shuits so sharpe, ȝe dou not byde a brattill; Montg. Sonn. xxii 12.
d. To schute with (a bow, engine of war or firearm), also (rarely, in early use) with (an arrow or missile). Also to schute in (a bow). Also proverb.
(1) It suld hafe bene son out of pyth To schot ony takil vith; Leg. S. v 486.
The Turkis with arrowis braid Schott thikker weill than hale or snaw; Alex. i 1649.
He wes the fyrste at schot in bowe, Wyth vyre or bolt or wyth arowe; Wynt. i 197.
— And he gert first mak the bowis to schute with at Rome; Hay I 44/5.
Sum schott with gunnys and sum with ingyne, Sum vther with coluerynnis and with crapaldynis; Id. Alex. 4871.
And the women with strang bowes thai schut; Bk. Chess 2107.
Sen thov hes sic capacitie To lerne To … Schute with hand bow, crosbow and culueryng; Lynd. Test. Pap. 286.
For twa silver culverings … to gif the young men occasioun to leir to schut with the culvering; 1557–8 Edinb. Old Acc. I 239.
That na maner person … of quhatsumever estait … schuit with culveringis, dagges, pistolettes … without licence of our soveraine lord, vnder the paine of cutting of their richt hand; 1579 Acts (1597) ii 39.
To borrowe … Baith quiver and his bow Quhairwith befoir he seyit to schuit; Montg. Ch. & Slae 735 (W).
The Inglismen shot with arrowis, dartes and dagis; Dalr. II 327/25.
Thay schot out at them with hagbuttis; Spalding I 70.
(2) Wynt. i 197 (see (1) above).
I langit in luiffis bowe to schuite [Wr. shoote]; Montg. Ch. & Slae 163 (W).
proverb. Manie speiks of Robein Hude that never schot in his bow; Carmichael Prov. No. 1128.
e. To schute at (a person, animal or thing, freq. an object set up as a target) (with the weapon specified).
Also to schute at (a prize), to compete for (it) in a shooting contest.
(1) Ȝow aucht to schame … For to schute at me apon fer; Barb. vii 445.
Lameth, werand it war a wilde beste, schot at him and slewe him; Hay I 234/8.
I myne honeste haue degraid And at my self to schute a but hes maid; Doug. Direct. 24.
Caus the schippis quhilk ar in the revar to schoit at thame in thar gangin by; c1565 Lennox Mun. 266.
The … capitane … caused showte at thame in sa gret aboundance and with so guid messour that [etc.]; Leslie 181.
The harqhiebusaris … did shuit so hattlie at the vangaird of the Scottismen … that [etc.]; Ib. 199.
The Inglis men of weir … with lang calleuiris shott at thair aduersaris; Dalr. II 300/13.
Bot the toune betraissing him, come [in] his contrair, and with moskattis schottis at him; Chron. Kings 164.
Patrik Halcro … schuteing out thairof [sc. the steeple] at all persones that durst kithe in ȝour contrair; 1615 Crim. Trials III 276.
He shot at him with ane littill short peice; 1671 6th Rep. Hist. MSS App. 700/1.
(2) That nane of oure soverane ladyis legeis tak upoun hand to schut with halff haige or culvering or pistolate at dere, ra [etc.]; 1550 Reg. Privy C. I 95.
That na maner of person … sould schuit with culueringis, crosbow [etc.] … at … hair, cuning [etc.]; 1567 Acts III 26/2.
That na man … tak vpone hand to schute with ane culuering at deir or ony wyld foulis; 1576 Breadalbane Ct. Bk. 18b.
The actis … forbiddand to schute at wyld beist; 1577 Reg. Privy C. II 648.
That he sall nocht … schuitt at ony maner of fowlis; 1589 Edinb. B. Rec. V 10.
That nane … tak upoun hand to schute with culveringis pistolats or ony vther instrumentis at ony dowis within the burrow ruidis of the toun; 1589 Glasgow B. Rec. I 143.
To schute … nather at deir nor ro inwith nor outwith the said forrest; 1609 Breadalbane Doc. No. 385.
Na person sall shut at wild beastis … at ony time in winter nicht; Skene Reg. Maj. ii 155.
Being accustomat … to tak a hacquebute and to shoite at foullis; 1615 Denmylne MSS in
Highland P. III 216.
Any … mane that schuitis at deir rae blakcokis [etc.]; 1621 Black Bk. Taymouth 352.
(3) [They] caryed with thame some great ordinance to schuitt at Leyth; Knox I 457.
And money of thame slaine … be schot of cannon and wther peceis schottand at the wallis; Pitsc. II 170/20.
Thay began thair battrie eftirnon and schot at Dauidis towr; Ib. 302/19.
He shot tua dayes continuallie at a gret strenth or bulwark quhilk the toune had and lipned maist in; Dalr. II 309/29.
I commandit the cannoners to shute at the castell; 1614 Crim. Trials III 287.
He had conweynit sum of my lordis serwandis … and wnder clud of nycht schuttis at my lordis hous; Hist. Kennedy 13.
(4) Giffin to the king himself to schute at the prop with James Mersar x s.; 1496 Treas. Acc. I 273.
To the king to schut at the schell; 1497 Ib. 360.
To the king [to] schut at the buttis iiij s.; 1504 Ib. II 446.
Syne marrowis mix To schute at buttis; Scott v 43.
That the said Inglischemen sould schute aganis thame [sc. six Scots] ether at prickis, reveris or at buttis; Pitsc. I 340/14.
I saw ingineer Fletcher shooting at a mark with cannon; 1684 Erskine Diary 59.
fig. He that hes for his awin genȝie Ane plesand prop … And schuttis syne at ane uncow schell And is forfairn with the fleis of Spenȝie [etc.]; Dunb. (OUP) 193/13.
(5) Blynd buk [sc. Cupid]! bot at the bound thow schutis; Scott xxxiii 25.
The siluer gun ȝeirlie to be schot at the first Monday of May; 1616 Kirkcudbr. B. Rec. II 190.
f. fig. To aim at as a target, to try to achieve (a particular end); to strive to achieve (the end specified).
To schute at (a person's life), to try to bring about (his death).
When the ‘target’ is a person, = to try to do harm to (? or to kill).
(1) In the understanding of this consistis the heale purpose and markis poynt quhilk we schute at; Q. Kennedy Tractive 102.
The peple in the warld sall forȝet thair is ane God, quhilk is the markispoynct that the devill schutis at be heretykis; Id. Compendious Ressonyng (ed.) 179/4.
Gif ȝe schuit only at this samin mark [supra the tramping doun of idolatrie (etc.)] … we exhort ȝow [etc.]; Winȝet I 132/15.
The maners of the king Is ay the mark quhairat his subiectis shuittis; 1570 Sat. P. xvii 24.
Bloodshed is the only thing that they shoot and mark at; R. Bruce Serm. 288.
And that His glory may be your principal care, and the only thing that ye shoot at; Welsh Forty-eight Serm. 421.
Indanger not … Th'immortall mark whereat the soule does shut; Garden Garden 79.
(2) The croun quhairat he hes lang schot him self; 1568 Haddington Mem. II 271.
He [sc. the Earl of Arran] schot directly at the lyf and landis of the Erle of Gowry; Melville Mem. 324.
The papists that shutt at that kingdom, shutt at my life also; Calderwood VI 219.
(3) Having na other but to schote at bot onelie oure said husband, being than Erle Bothwell; 1567 Anderson Collect. Mary I ii 90.
The marke he sowtes att is the secriter; 1594 Colville Lett. 264.
g. To schute (at the pennystane), to make a throw or cast.
A boy of fourtene … schuittand with the uther bairnis of the scoill … at the pennystane in thair common playing place; 1577 Reg. Privy S. VII 162/2.
IV. To attack, wound or kill by shooting.
23. tr. To hit, pierce, wound or kill (a person, also an animal) with a missile from a bow or firearm.
(a) Wod men, the quhilk ar callit sagittaris, quhilk schottis & slais other monstoris; Prester John 311b.
Heir I ly Througyrd with dartis and thyk steil hedis schote; Doug. iii i 85.
Just at aleuin houris … Thair wes ane knaif … Quhilk schot him; 1570 Sat. P. x 338.
The regent was … wairned that his distructioune was concluded, … to wit, that he shuld be shot; Bann. Memor. 4.
Schoute; Ib. 117.
The said seruand should schote him with ane dag, bot his peice … misga; Diurn. Occurr. 292.
He was manesit and boistit be the said suddarttis … to haue bene schott; 1576 Misc. Spald. C. II 330.
Vmquhile Alexander Stewart … schot with ane poysonit bullet; 1580 Crim. Trials I ii 90.
Johnne Chalmiris schot in at his face and out at his neck; 1583 Glasgow B. Rec. I 103.
He had aggreit with Gilpatrik oig Mckellar to schuitt and murthur the laird of Cadell; 1594 Warrender P. (SHS) II 247.
Ane of the gentlemen … with a schot of a hagbit schuites M. Lord James and slayes him; Dalr. II 474/5.
Schowittis; 1605 Stewart Mem. 114.
It shalbe lesum to any that finds them [sc. swine] without hous to schut or slay them; 1672 Peebles B. Rec. II 87.
The day that the butcher was shot, his lugg was nailed to the gallows; 1679–89 McCrie Mem. Veitch 459.
(b) To Alexander Sherrie, to buy poudder with to shett the dowes in the kirk … 6 s.; 1635 Ritchie Ch. S. Baldred 241.
b. Of harsh weather: To hurt, wound; to beat upon, assail. lit. and fig.
For wes he never ȝit with schouris schot Nor ȝit ourrun with rouk or ony rayne … Na never had experience in to payne; K. Hart 9.
With scharp hailstanis thay schot him traterouslie; 1570 Sat. P. x 329.
c. fig. To wound or kill by the ‘evil eye’.
Walter Graham … killed his own cow, after commending it's fatnes, and shot a hare with his eye, having praised it's swiftnes; Kirk Secr. Commonw. (1964) 328.
d. To shoot at (a person or animal, also a target). Cf. 22 e above. Also absol.
(1) That na man hwnt schut nor sla dere nor rais in wtheris clos nor parkis; 1474 Acts II 107/2.
(2) They schott them so fast witht arrowis that they hourt money of thair horssis; Pitsc. I 208/3.
Thai … laid for me lord … and had cuttit out hoillis, to the effect to schutt him in the by-ganging; Hist. Kennedy 44.
absol. That nae man hunt with doggis nor nettis nor shutt in uther mens links nor holmes in tyme coming; 1623 Orkney & Shetl. Ct. Bk. in
Misc. Maitl. C. II 196.
e. To hit (a person) in or throuch (a part of his body or an item of clothing) with a missile thrown or shot at him.
He wes schott in the faace with ane spere; Bell. Boece (M) II 77.
King Egfred wes schot in the face with a naro; Abell 54a.
Ane callit Cranstoune shoyt thorycht the schwlder; 1548–9 Corr. M. Lorraine 287.
Ane woundit man … schot throw pudding and panche Abone the nauil and out abone the hanche; 1570 Sat. P. x 17.
Quha was schot in the thigh with ane falcone or haquebute of crock; Knox II 69.
Smaikis … Hes schot my wyfe throw birsket, lyre and fell; 1572 Sat. P. xxxii 77.
My lord regent … wes schote with ane dag be the said James Cadaris throw the flank and abone the henche; Diurn. Occurr. 248.
Michaell Smyth schot throw the hand and metulat of his formest fingare; 1583 Glasgow B. Rec. I 103.
Maister Robertt Gordone … was schoytt with ane dayg in the heid; Cullen Chron. Aberd. 39.
In the heid he is schott, be quhome can na man tell; Dalr. I 250/27.
One of the livtenants company was shoate in the bodie; c1614 Melrose P. 601.
Auchindrayne [was] schott and hurtt in the kirnellis of the thie; Hist. Kennedy 48.
Johnne Lyddell … schote him in his lichting af his horse with tua bullettis at the left pape throw the heart; 1619 Crim. Trials III 482.
Mr. Alexander Montgomerie … shott him throw the lippes of his bonnett; 1628 Reg. Privy C. 2 Ser. II 353.
James Grant … bendis ane hagbut and schootis him throw both thies; Spalding I 44.
f. To schute to (the) dede, also to schute dead or doun, to kill by shooting. Cf. 7 above.
(1) Fyfteyn that day he schot to dede of hys hand Be that his arrous waistyt war and gayne; Wall. iv 578.
All thocht the … hart he schot to ded; Doug. vi xiii 100.
Sum invyand vthir with maist crewell feid With sword and dag to schut him to the deid; Pitsc. I 3/14.
(2) Spalding I 374 (see 21 h (1) above).
The rebells … had very near shot Douglas himselfe dead; 1685 Lauder Observes 146.
(3) O crewale knychtis … Gud tyme wer heir for to repent Or ȝe be schot doun suddanly And brocht on force to iugement; Broun Bann. MS I p. 37/71.
g. fig. To schute (a realm) in tway, to divide into two factions.
That schot, allace! this realme hes shot in tway; 1570 Sat. P. xvii 105.
24. In references to the impact of a shot: To break off or carry away (a part of a larger whole); to shoot off.
To thrie pynnouris … for mending the cunȝie stane wes schot avay be an cannon; 1599 Edinb. D. Guild Acc. 712.
We shot away their middle mast; Lithgow Trav. ii 62.
V. 25. tr. and intr. Allusively, in references to a. Death personified. b. Cupid. c. The superstition that sudden illness, injury or death might be caused by flint arrow heads shot by fairies, a power also claimed and ‘practised’ by witches (cf. 7 above).
a. Paip, empriour, king, barroun, and knycht, … May nocht ganestand quhen I [sc. Death] pleis schote this derte; Henr. Deth & Man 6.
Fra he [sc. Death] begyn to schute his schot, Thow wat nocht quhen that it will licht; Dunb. App. ii 17.
b. Neuer a dairt So persit my hairt As dois the bolt Quhilk luif me schot O god Cupid gif bitter be thy dint; Maitl. Q. 104/34.
Dido … Schot in the hairt with Cupids arrowis kein; Ib. 208/18.
I also know how luiff dois shutt and than dois flie away; Fowler I 57/255.
King Cupaid … Schott on, thow sall bott trawill tyne; Montg. Suppl. v 7.
A naiked boy vha bure a Turkish bou … shot and hat me on the breist; The sheirand shaft soon slippit to my hairt; Montg. Misc. P. xxxiii 17.
c. And thow schott twa schottis with the said arrow heid att [a clay image of] the said Lady Balnagowne; 1590 Crim. Trials I ii 192.
For making of ane pictur of butter to the … Laird of Fowlis … and the said pictur of buttir … wes schot at with ane elf-arrow-heid be the said Marioune … for the destructioune of the young laird; Ib. 199.
Be the pannellis sorcerie … thair haill hors and cattell sudanlie schote to deid; 1629 Justiciary Cases I 111.
The said Jeane be hir sorcerie and witchcraft, laid upone thrie of the saidis horssis [that] thay presentlie schot to dead; 1649 Ib. III 813.
When she was layeing wakeing with a paine in her arme, she perceaved her thombe shot through with that which they call ane elffe stone; 1659 Sc. Law Times (1935) 169 (20 July).
He [sc. the Devil] … gave her ane elf errow stone to shott him which she did … that the child dyed imediately therafter; 1662 Highland P. III 19.
And quhan ve shoot these arrowes (we say), ‘I shoot yon man in the Divellis name’; 1662 Crim. Trials III 607.
We haw no bow to shoot with, but spang them [sc. elf-arrow-heads] from of the naillis of our thowmbes; Ib.
The Divell gaw Margret Brodie an arrow to shoot at him; Ib. 612.
VI. In other senses.
26. tr. To schute (a) day, to postpone something proposed for that day until a later date. Also with the thing proposed as object.
(1) That day that chuld be halden the xix day of Averill chall be chot to the xv day of May next to cumme; 1385 Rot. Sc. II 73/2.
That the commissaris and deputis of aithir perti sal schot na days of Marche withowt a resnabil and ane oppin cause; 1429 Cal. Doc. IV 406.
Lentulus … can requere That thai suld tary on the way To se gif he couth schut the day; Seven S. 976.
Thair remanit quhill thai gat sure word that the wardane was returnyt and the day of trew schot; 1557 Crim. Trials I i 398.
(2) I sall owther gar schwit it till ane vther day or [etc.]; 1583 Wemyss Corr. 81.
The conuentioune is skailet and schot quhil the neist ȝeir; Dalr. I 291/16.
27. fig.To shoot the buise, ‘seems synon. with the cant E[ng.] term, to swing, i.e. to be hanged’ (Jam., s.v. Buise). ‘Perhaps,’ SND conjectures, ‘ buise is a variant of Buist n.1 a box. Cf. slang English to kick the bucket’.
Of penal statutes … Which rightly weigh'd and put in use Might yet cause some to shoot the buise; Cleland 94.
28. intr. To pay a share; to make a monetary or other contribution. Cf. S(c)hot n.1 14.
Without the mariner be subiect to the lawes of the gild and be content to shott and contribute with the pillot casten guides according to the act; 1580 (16..) Dundee B. Laws 121.
29. tr. ? To avoid, escape.
Until … the brunt of the battle is over and the shower is slacked, I am confident the safest way to shoot the shower is to hold out of God's gate, and to keep within His doors until the violence of the storm begin to ebb; 1685 Hay Fleming Six Saints I 114.
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