Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
DANCE, v., n. Used as in Eng. The following expressions are peculiar to Sc.
1. v. In phrs. (1) dance-in-my-loof (luf(i)e), a name given to a very small person (Ags.17 1940, -lufie; Rxb. 1825 Jam.2, -lufe; 1923 Watson W.-B., -loof, obs.); (2) to be dancin' mad, to be in a towering rage (Bnff., Cld. 1880 Jam.5 s.v. rampin'); known to Cai.7, Bnff.2, Abd.2, Fif.10, Slg.3, Kcb.1 1939; (3) to dance one's lane, to dance with joy or from violent rage (Sc. 1808 Jam.; Abd.9 1939); †(4) to send dancing, to send quickly.
(3) Sc. a.1700 Ramsay T. T. Misc. (1733) 81:
She danc'd her lane, cry'd, Praise be blest, I have lodged a leal poor man. (4) Abd. 1790 A. Shirrefs Poems 251:
Send them dancing to their hand, Whatever trocks they may command.
2. n. In phrs. (1) to get a dance, to be foiled, to be led a dance (Slg.3 1939); (2) to get a dance on air, to be hanged (Abd.9 1939); cf. Eng. phr. to dance on nothing, id. (N.E.D.).
(1) Lth. 1813 G. Bruce Poems 159:
O had ilk Chief been as steady, The South'rons had gotten a dance. (2) Abd. 1873 J. Ogg Willie Waly, etc. 87:
They'd get a special dance on air, By my comman'.
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"Dance v., n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 18 Apr 2019 <http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/dance>
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