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LID, n., v. Also led, lud (Ork. 1907 Old-Lore Misc. I. ii. 63). Sc. usages:

I. n. 1. One of the leaves or halves of a double-door, freq. one enclosing a box-bed (Ags. 1960). Also in Eng. dial.; 2. one of the boards of a large book, such as a bible. Gen.Sc.; 3. in mining: (1) the cover or flap of a valve (Sc. 1886 J. Barrowman Mining Terms 42); the short cross-piece of timber which lies on top of a prop to support the roof of a working (Ib.; Fif. 1960). Also in Eng. mining usage; 4. Phr.: lid o' the knee, the kneecap or patella (Fif. 1899 Proc. Philos. Soc. Gsw. XXXI. 39; Per. 1915 Wilson L. Strathearn 257; Bwk. 1960). 1. Ags. 1827  Justiciary Reports (1829) 99:
She was in bed, and the lids were drawn.
Fif. 1838  A. Bethune Sc. Peasantry 98:
The closer and more dreary incarceration of an old box bed … the lids were kept shut.
Fif. 1864  W. D. Latto T. Bodkin vi.:
A sma' pantry, the lid whereof opened aff the hallan.
Abd. 1918  C. Murray Sough o' War 47:
Upo' the bed-lids i' the ben.
2. Kcd. 1900  Crockett Stickit Minister's Wooing 87:
The Doctor folded up the blue crackling paper and placed it carefully between the “leds” of the great pulpit Bible.

II. v. To put a lid on. Sc. phr. to lid a bodie's mull, to make someone desist from speaking or acting, to make one shut up, to reduce to silence, to non-plus (Abd.13 1910, Abd. 1960). See Mill.

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"Lid n., v.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 16 Feb 2019 <>



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