Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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BLACK GATE, n. “The road to ruin, the broad road” (Bnff.2 1934). Also used as cogn. obj. (see second quot.). Mry. 1935 2 :
Maugre ma heid, he wud tak the black gate.
Ags. 1838  Montrose Standard (1 Feb.) 3/4;
1 ;
Watson W.-B.:
I never yet heard of ony o' my relations gaen the black gate.

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"Black gate n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 14 Dec 2017 <http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/black_gate>

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