Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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FLEED, n. The land at the end of the furrows in a ridge on which the plough turns, the end-rig (Abd. 1808 Jam.; ne.Sc. 1951). Abd. 1903  Banffshire Jnl. (29 Sept.):
Each brought his horse and cart to the field, where the ploughs lay on the fleed or end-rig.
Bnff. 1917  E. S. Rae Private John Macpherson 54:
An' Geordie, ma foreman, a dacenter lad Ne'er wore nickietoms, nor plooed up a fleed.
Abd. 1950  Buchan Observer (11 April):
We have often seen the clovers strike best in the “fleed,” or endrig of a field.

[Of doubtful orig. Phs. the same word as fleed, s.v. Flude, that part of the field, in the old system of ploughing with crooked rigs and gaw-furrows, being no doubt flooded in wet weather.]

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"Fleed n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 11 Dec 2018 <>



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