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ALANG, prep. and adv. Along. Gen.Sc. Used like St.Eng. along. [ə′lɑŋ]

1. prep. Along. Gen.Sc. Sc. [1827]  Wilson Noctes Amb. (1855) I. 347:
Doun wi' a plunge four fathom deep i' the pool, or awa like the shadow o' a hawk's wing alang the shallows.
Abd.(D) [1788]  J. Skinner Christmas Ba'ing, Amusements, etc. (1809) vi.:
A meikle man . . . Rax'd me alang the chafts a wham.
Edb. 1894  P. H. Hunter J. Inwick v.:
Ye'll hae to tak unco care that ye dinna jaup yoursel, as ye gae alang the clarty road o' this sinfu' warld.
Ayr. 1789  (publ. 1797) Burns To the Toothache i.:
My curse upon your venom'd stang, That shoots my tortur'd gooms alang.
w.Dmf. 1908  J. L. Waugh Robbie Doo (1912) 49:
The Pass wi' its thin string o' a road runnin' alang the hillside.
Rxb.(D) 1925  E. C. Smith Mang Howes an Knowes 11:
[He] staapeet alang the Jethart road wui a taatih-steppin streide.

2. adv. Along. Gen.Sc. Sc. 1728  Ramsay Poems II. 201:
See with what Gayety, yet grave, Serena swims alang.
Ags.(D) 1894  J. B. Salmond My Man Sandy (1899) xvii. 121:
I juist edged alang a bittie.
Fif. 1893  “G. Setoun” Barncraig (2nd ed.) 55:
I'll be alang at night.
Edb. 1773  R. Fergusson Sc. Poems (1925) 39:
'Twas this that . . . Laid Denmark's daring sons on yird alang.

[O.E. and-lang, and- = against, in an opposite direction + lang = long. Alang is very rare in O.Sc. (one example in D.O.S.T., from Knox). The O.Sc. word was endlang, perhaps from O.N. endelangr, adj., or by pop. etym. substituting end, n., for the and- of the O.E. and-lang.]

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