Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
BREED, BRAID, Breid, Breedth, Breeth, n.1 Sc. forms of St.Eng. breadth. Gen.Sc. [brid, bre:d, briθ, bridθ]
Cai.(D) 1934 “Caithness Forum” in John o' Groat Jnl. (19 Jan.):
Faigs, A mak' nae mein if . . . ye get twa-three feet breedth for Hornag. Bnff. c.1927 9 :
Foo mony breeths are ye pittin in yer kweyt? Abd.(D) 1871 W. Alexander Johnny Gibb xliii.:
I winna flench a hair's breid for nedder man nor 'oman. Edb. 1828 D. M. Moir Mansie Wauch (1839) xii.:
But I could scarcely keep from laughing when I . . . saw a glazed queue hanging for half an ell down the braid of my back.
Phrases: 1. I' the braid (breed) o' one's face, to the breeth —, to one's face, in the face; 2. on the braid o' one's back, flat on one's back, to get the breeth o' one's back, to fall flat on one's back.
1. Abd. 1929 1 :
Ca'd him a leear to the breeth o's face. Ags. 1827 Montrose Review (20 July) 299/1:
Ane o' his coat tauld anither ane ae day i' the Presbytery i' the braid o' his face. Fif. 1864 W. D. Latto Tammas Bodkin (1868) xiv.:
I tane special guid care no to glower him i' the breed o' the face. 2. Bch. 1929 (per Abd.1):
She'll get the breeth o' her back yet for a' she's sae heich heidit (i.e. she will be laid low). Ags.(D) 1894 J. B. Salmond My Man Sandy (1899) vi.:
An' he cam' lick doon on the braid o' his back i' the gutter. Uls.(D) 1879 W. G. Lyttle Readings by Robin 36:
There he wuz, lyin' on the braid o' his back, the ould soo was lickin' his face an' gruntin'.
Comb.: braid-back, a throw on the back.
Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 16:
He's got braid-back o' the road.
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