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BETWEEN, prep. St.Eng. except in the following phrases:

1. Between-hands, at intervals. Sc. 1826  Scott Journal (1890) I. 157:
Have a good deal to do between-hands in sorting up the newly arrived accession of books.

2. Between the eyes, face to face. Cf. Atween, 3 (4). Sc. 1880  R. L. Stevenson Letters (1899) I. 174:
I saw that gentleman [Hades] between the eyes, and fear him less after each visit.

3. Between the (two) lights, “twilight” (Sc. 1905 A.W. in E.D.D. Suppl.). Sc. 1933  N. B. Morrison Gowk Storm 214:
Dusk, “between-the-lights” Nannie called it.

4. Between two minds, “undecided” (Sc. 1905 A.W. in E.D.D. Suppl.).

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