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FEY, v.2, n.1 Also †fay'fy. [fɑe Abd., fe: Gall.]

I. v. To clean out, scour (a ditch or drain) (Abd.15 1880; Abd.27, Per.4 1950). Also in Eng. dial. Abd. 1922  Swatches o' Hamespun 56:
Geordie Gowan . . . gid aboot an' howkit walls, biggit steen an' fell-dykes, feyed stanks an' siclike.
Abd. 1949  Buchan Observer (2 Aug.):
Building up dykes, trimming hedges, scouring drains, “fyin stanks,” or scouring ditches.

II. n. The in-field or cultivated land nearest the farm-buildings in the old system of tillage; now only in field-names (Kcb.1 1930). Also attrib. Gall. 1692  A. Symson Descr. Gall. (1823) 76:
A peece of ground lying neerest to their house, and this peece of ground they call their Beir-fay on which they lay their dung before tilling. . . . It is frequently observed that better beir grows on that part of the Fay that was dunged the preceding year.
Kcb. 1814  W. Nicholson Poems 46:
But the neist week they lost a quey, Whilk stray'd awa' to Sandy's fey.
Wgt. 1869  J. C. Morton Cycl. Agric. II. 722:
Fey-land is that portion of the farm which, in olden times, was constantly cropped, and received all the manure of the stock — the best land on the farm.
Kcb. 1897  T. Murray Frae the Heather 36:
Wi' her I oft hae dunged the fey, And carted hame the peats and hay.
Wgt. 1912  A.O.W.B. Fables frae French 102:
An' auld man an' his Cuddy chanced to pass A bonnie fey, whar there was fouth o' grass.

[O.Sc., fey, n., id., 1669. The v. is from Mid.Eng. fēȝen, to clean, O.N.fgja, id. The n. develops from n.Eng. dial. fey, to remove the surface soil, to spread manure, of the same origin.]

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