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BROO, Brow, n.3 Favourable opinion (Abd.22, Fif.1, Slg.3, Lnk.3 1936). Gen. used in the neg. See Bree, n.4 [bru: Sc.; brʌu s.Sc. See P.L.D. § 101.] Sc. 1818  Scott H. Midlothian xxv.:
I had never muckle broo o' my gudeman's gossips.
m.Sc. 1927  J. Buchan Witch Wood xxi.:
Peter Pennecuik — honest Peter had nae broo o' Sempill.
Fif. 1895  “S. Tytler” Kincaid's Widow xii.:
“I hae nae great broo o' ghaists,” resumed Peg.
Ayr. 1913  J. Service Memorables R. Cummell ii.:
I . . . had far mair broo o' the Saturday's play than o' the lear o' a' the beucks.
Kcb. 1936 9 :
I've nae broo o' him.
Rxb.(D) 1925  E. C. Smith Mang Howes an Knowes 20:
Bit A hedna muckle brow o'd . . . for the rummelleen o'd an the clairty, creeshy look o'd wad heh gien a body the scunners. The forms broos, brows, braize (Ayr.3 1914) are also used in Ayr. [bru:z, bre:z]
Ayr. 1887  J. Service Dr Duguid 166:
I thocht it best to article him to Mr Bungo the writer, no' that I have ony broos o' the law mysel', but . . . I have always observed that, whoever doesna get his siller, the Writer aye maks sure o' his.
Ayr. 1900  “G. Douglas” House with Green Shutters (1901) xxi.:
When a young chap takes to hanging round bars . . . I have verra bad brows o' him always.

[Origin doubtful. N.E.D. connects it with brow, the forehead, see brow, n. 5, f. Braize would imply a form brues, which occurs in O.Sc. = good feeling, 1577 (D.O.S.T. Add. s.v. brue).]

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