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HEARIN(G), vbl.n. Sc. usages:

1. For Sc. Law phr. hearing in presence, see Presence.

2. A scolding, “lecture,” “talking to” (Sc. 1825 Jam.; Cai. 1902 E.D.D.; Arg. 1936 L. McInnes Dial. S. Kintyre 14). Gen.Sc. (rare in ne.). Sc. 1816  Scott O. Mortality xiv.:
She aye ordered a dram, or a sowp kale, or something to us, after she had gi'en us a hearing on our duties.
Slk. 1829  Hogg Shepherd's Cal. (1874) xi.:
He went up to the stable, and gave old Broadcast a hearing for not keeping his mare well enough.
Fif. 1864  W. D. Latto T. Bodkin xxxiii.:
The next thing I heard was her gi'en Simon a hearin' for breakin' the crystal an' crockery ware.
Per. 1895  I. McLaren Auld Lang Syne 263:
Bring them in, Elspeth, or a' gie them a hearin, — they've juist been the torment o' ma life.
Ags. 1956  :
I got a hearin last nicht but I didna listen tae it.

3. Report, news, a long story, used ironically in phr. a fine hearing, unpleasant news (Sh.10 1956). Now dial. in Eng. Sc. 1896  L. Keith Indian Uncle 4:
That's fine hearing for me, and it ill sets your tongue.
Sh. 1897  Shetland News (28 Aug.):
He [it] wid be a job an' a hearing.

4. An attendance at public worship to hear a preacher. Sc. 1827  C. J. Johnstone Eliz. de Bruce I. xiii.:
What if the Monkshaugh family should countenance Mr Gideon, by giving him a day's hearing?

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"Hearin(g) vbl. n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 18 Oct 2018 <>



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