Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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ATHRAW, adv. Awry, lit. and fig. [ə′θra: I.Sc. and n.Sc.; ə′θr: m.Sc.; ə′θrɒ: sm.Sc. and s.Sc.] Knr. 1925  “H. Haliburton” Horace in Homespun 177:
An' if the letters werena braw, An' sometimes lowse an' sair athraw.
Gall. 1824  MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 244:
There's no an hour in a' the day, But something gaes athraw.
Dmf. [1777]  J. Mayne Siller Gun (1808) i. xxiii.:
Shouther your arms! — O! had them tosh on, And not athraw!
nw., w.Rxb. 1923  Watson W.-B. 43:
Athraw, adv. . . . Contorted; atwist: “Lyin' athraw i' the bed.”

[A, pref.1 + Thraw.]

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