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BILL, n.1 Common Sc. for Eng. bull. [bɪl] The alternative form everywhere is [bʌl]. Abd. 1875  G. Macdonald Malcolm 1xii.:
“Freen' o' mine!” exclaimed the Partaness. “We gree like twa bills (bulls) i' the same park!”
wm.Sc. 1835  Laird of Logan II. 6:
Logan . . . cried out, “Rin into the house ye deevils! e'en the vera bill canna' stan' the sicht o' cards on the sabbath-day!”
Ayr. 1786  Burns Address to the Deil x.:
An' dawtet, twal-pint Hawkie's gane As yell's the Bill.
Kcb. 1789  D. Davidson Seasons 49:
Nae twa were ever seen mair thick Than brawny an' the bill.
Uls. 1910  C. C. Russell People and Lang. of Uls. 25:
“Bull” (bool) becomes “bull,” as in “skull,” and finally “bill.”

Comb.: †bill-siller, the fine formerly imposed by the Kirk sessions in cases of fornication. Sc. 1721  Ramsay Poems 23:
When right sair fleed, He gart them good Bill-siller pay.

[For change of vowel, see P.L.D. § 60.1.]

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