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BAET, v. Sc. form of Eng. beat. [bet I.Sc., Abd. + bit, Rxb.; be1t Ags.]

1. To hit, strike. Ork.(D) 1904  Dennison Orcad. Sketches 25–26:
Sheu rowed aboot an' aboot i' the sea, an' baeted hersel' wi' her megs [flappers], like a t'ing distracted.
Rxb.(D) 1927  E. C. Smith Braid Haaick 6:
Baet . . . to beat.

2. To surpass. Sh.(D) 1931  Saga in Shet. Times (14.Mar.) 7:
A'm heard me some queer tongues trow me traivels ower da waarld, bit I tink it Shetlan' folk kin baet dem a'.
Abd.(D) 1929  J. Alexander Mains and Hilly 125:
She's a gweed beast yon an' widna be easy baet.
Ags. 1932 1 :
It fair baets me to answer that.
Rxb.(D) 1927  E. C. Smith Braid Haaick 5:
Yow yins'll finnd that gey ill ti baet.

Phr. to own baet, to own oneself defeated. Abd.(D) 1929  J. Alexander Mains and Hilly 10:
Ye wis the better han', an' aw wis forc't to own baet.

3. Used nautically: to make progress by tacking. Ork.(D) 1880  Dennison Orcad. Sk. Bk. 114:
T'o' sheu's auld warld i' her wey An' unco' duff tae baet or stey, Yet i' her I ha'e faith.

[See Bate, v.1 O.E. bēatan, to beat.]

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