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ALOW,2 ALOWE, adv. On fire; ablaze; also fig. [ə′lʌu, and see P.L.D. § 106] Sc. 1818  Scott H. Midlothian xlv.:
To speak to him about that . . . wad be to set the kiln alow.
Sc. 1825  Jam.2:
To gang a-low, to take fire, or to be set on fire.
Sc. 1924  “Domsie” in Edb. Ev. News (24 Dec.) 4/7:
The ingle fire alowe I'll leave Tae bleeze awa intae the mornin'.
Edb. 1844  J. Ballantine Gaberlunzie's Wallet iii.:
O cauld maun the heart be that's no set a-lowe, When honour's green wreath circles eild's snawy pow.
Lnk. 1923  G. Rae 'Mang Lowland Hills 26:
The kirk was cheerie wi' the sichts, It set the wee man's hairt alow.
Slk. a.1835  Hogg Tales (1837) II. 170:
He set them baith back the gate they cam, as their heads had been a-lowe.
Uls. 1880  W. H. Patterson Gl. Ant. and Dwn. 2:
Alowe, lit; kindled; on fire.

[A, pref.1 + Low(e), “flame,” from O.N. logi, see P.L.D. § 66.2.]

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