Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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EAR, n. Sc. usages in phrs.: †1. to go by the ears, to start fighting, to set on one another; 2. to hear one's ears, to hear oneself speak (m.Lth.1, Arg.3, Rnf. (per wm. Sc.1), Ayr.9, Uls.4 1949). 1. Rnf. 1716  W. Hector Judicial Rec. (1876–8) II. 114:
He saw . . . they went by the ears and beat one another, . . . and saw them both blooding.
2. Uls. 1880  Patterson Gl. Ant. & Dwn.:
There was sich a tar'ble noise A couldn't hear ma ears.
Ant. 1892  Ballymena Obs. (E.D.D.):
Be quate, weans, A canny hear my ears for you.

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"Ear n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 20 Oct 2018 <>



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