Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
‡KEAVE, v., n. Also kave. Obsol. variants of Cave, n.3, v.1, q.v.
I. v. To toss, gen. of cattle: to toss the horns in a threatening way (Slk. 1825 Jam.; Bwk., Wgt. 1959); also fig., to threaten.
Sc. 1821 Jacob. Relics (Hogg) 40:
Deil claw the traitors wi' a flail, That took the midden for their bail, And kiss'd the cow ahint the tail, That keav'd at kings themsel. Gall. a.1900 “Mulciber Veritatis” Gallowa' Herds 6:
The creest-leydit wratch wad ye kaved 'neath the hatch. That's lid to the sink o' perdition.
II. n. A toss, hoist.
Clc. 1862 D. Taylor Poems 31:
We'll see an' get seven great elephants sunk To gie't a most powerful keave up wi' their trunk.
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