Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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DAYLICHT, n. Sc. form of Eng. daylight. Cf. day-a-licht s.v. Day, Combs., above. Abd.(D) 1871  W. Alexander Johnny Gibb xviii.:
But we thocht it time to be steppin' hamewuth afore we tint the daylicht a' thegither.
m.Sc. 1870  J. Nicholson Idylls o' Hame 113:
Day-licht is glintin' in the sky.

Phr.: not to see daylicht (til or for a body), to be blind to (someone's) faults (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 222; Bnff.2, Abd.9 (1940). Cf. equivalent phr. not to see licht o' day to s.v. Licht. Abd. 1947 27 :
His mither canna see daylicht til him, or faur he's concerned.
em.Sc. 1947  A. Fleming Common Day i. i.:
Miss Katy . . “just couldna see daylicht for Miss Joanna, there was naethin' near guid enough for her since she went to yon foreign place.”

[O.Sc. has daylicht, etc., from 1456 (D.O.S.T.).]

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"Daylicht n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 15 Dec 2018 <>



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