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OUTSTRIK, v., n. Also -strick; -strike, -stryke; -streek-. See Strik. [′utstrɪk]

I. v. 1. To strike out, knock or batter out, make an opening for. Lnk. 1710  Burgh Rec. Lnk. (1893) 282:
The said Sir James Carmichaell allwayes keeping this burgh skaithless in the outstrikeing of the said door.

2. In vbl.n. outstrikin(g), an eruption on the skin, a rash (Sc. 1808 Jam.; Ags. 1962). Sc. 1712  Atholl MSS. (23 Aug.):
My Lord . . . hes had the blybes it is an outstryking something lyk the small pox, but does not keep so long out.
Per. 1757  T. L. K. Oliphant Lairds of Gask (1870) 294:
He had also ane outstriking on his skin, and a severe cough.
Dmf. 1770  Session Papers, Stewart-Nicolson (6 April) 18:
Mich.'s head has been much struck out for some weeks: he wears a wax-cloth cap; which, together with the outstriking, occasions such a violent itching, that his rest is very much disturbed.
Abd. c.1890  Gregor MSS.:
A live coal was thrown into the water in which a new-born babe was washed. After use it was buried in the “midden”. If it was thrown on any spot, the spot became unclean, and if one passed over it, there was an “ootstreekin o' the skin.”
Fif. 1899  Proc. Philos. Soc. Gsw. XXXI. 40:
A fleein-oot or an oot-strikkin is a rash.

II. n. = 2. above. Ayr. 1896  G. Umber Idylls 201:
An outstrike in the skin of bright scarlet spots.

[O.Sc. outstriking, vbl.n. of 1., 1581.]

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