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CHAPE, CHAEP, Chaip, adj. Gen.Sc. forms of Eng. cheap. The Eng. form is illustrated only in phrase peculiar to Sc. [tʃep Sc.; ʃɛp Sh.] Ork.(D) 1880  Dennison Orcad. Sk. Bk. 29:
Aye! hid wus blithesem days than whin a bothy could get a drink baith chaep an geud.
Abd.(D) 1924  J. Wight in Swatches o' Hamespun 71:
Auntie Bell wis o' the aive o' takkin a taik intul Aiberdeen . . . te fess oot wi' her some chaip wincey an' sarkin.
Arg. 1930 1 :
“What price are you putting on it?” “Five pound, an' he's chape at that.”

Phrase: to be chape (chaep, cheap) o', — on, to get off lightly with, to be well deserving of (any punishment), to serve one right; used pers. or impers. Bnff.2, Fif.10, Slg.3 (1939) give the form ye're chape o't; Abd.2, Abd.9, it's chaep on ye; Ags.17, ye're real chaep; Kcb.10, ye're chape served. Cf. colloq. it's the price of you, it's what you deserve. Mry.(D) 1897  J. Mackinnon Braefoot Sketches xiv.:
A heard the neebors lauchin' aboot hoo Meg keepit it [tea-cosy] clockin' on the teapot on the bink ower near the fire an' scaum't it a'. It wis richt cheap on 'er. Fat wis she daein' wi' a cosy?
Edb. 1894  P. H. Hunter J. Inwick xvi.:
Weel, Jims, . . . ye've got your fairin the day, an' I maun say I think ye're cheap o't.
Rnf. 1807  R. Tannahill Poems and Songs 87:
An' maist thinks Roger cheap o' Jenny's scorn; His dowless gait, the cause o' a' his care.

[O.Sc. has chape, chaip, cheap, 17th cent. (D.O.S.T.).]

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