Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
PARLEY, n., int. Also parlie. Sc. form and usages. See also Barley. In children's games: 1. A state of neutrality, a period of truce, quarter, respite (Sc. 1880 Jam.; Mry., Fif. 1959 I. and P. Opie Lore and Language 152; Bnff., Ags. 1965); the call for such a truce or pause in a game (Uls. 1953 Traynor). Also used fig.
Abd. 1723 W. Meston Poet. Wks. (1802) 6:
On it [his skull] you might thresh wheat or barley, Or tread the grape ere he cry'd parley. Cai. 1872 M. MacLennan Peasant Life 29:
Crying “Parley, lad!” as he came to her side, and would have returned the “skip-stroke”.
2. A place of truce, neutral ground, “home” in children's games (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 122, parlie; Uls. 1953 Traynor).
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