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PAST, prep., adv., adj. Sc. usages:

I. prep. 1. Except for, with the exception of, apart from, beyond. Also in Eng. dial. Sc. 1849  M. Oliphant M. Maitland iii.:
It was a very quiet life we lived at Sunnyside, and past the lessons, and now and then a visit from the Manse family, I mind not anything that it is needful to notice.

2. Beyond the bounds or limits of. Obs. or arch. in Eng. In phrs.: (1) past a', unspeakable, incredible, beyond belief, intolerable (Sh., Cai. 1965); (2) past common, outstanding, pre-eminent, remarkable, exceptional; (3) past ordinar, = (2), used attrib. in quots. (Uls. 1965). (1) Abd. 1865  G. Macdonald Alec Forbes xx.:
But thae loons — they're jist past a'!
(2) Ayr. 1822  Galt Sir A. Wylie lxx.:
It's my first dinner, and I would be affrontit gin it wasna past common.
Sc. 1827  Carlyle German Romance II. 289:
He could not help wondering how all this had once appeared so strange and marvellous. He now saw nothing past common.
(3) Ayr. 1823  Galt Entail lxiv.:
A man o' past-ordinar sense.
Ayr. 1826  Galt Last of Lairds xii.:
The Doctor is a past ordinar young man.

II. adv. On one side, out of the way; over, done with. Cf. usages of By, adv. Phrs.: to lay, pit, set, etc. past, to set aside for later use, put or tidy away (Sc. 1909 N.E.D.), to save (money), to put aside “for a rainy day” (Gen.Sc.); to remove from active life, through illness, age or the like (Sh. 1965), usu. in pass.; to pit or set past, to get (a meal) over expeditiously, to serve with dispatch (Abd. 1965). Hence pit-past, a hasty or makeshift meal, a quick snack. Gen. (exc. I.) Sc. Cf. pass-ower s.v. Pass, v., 1. (2) (ii), and Pit, v.; in neg. expressions: no to (be able to) see past (a person), to be obsessed with (someone's) virtues or merits, to favour to the exclusion of all others. Gen.Sc. Kcd. 1844  W. Jamie Muse 47:
Sae aff he flourished wi' the hat, . . . And laid it past just for a time.
Sc. 1858  H. Stephens Farm Implements 630:
The harrows should be cleaned and painted when set past.
Sc. 1881  A. Mackie Scotticisms 12:
When you have read that book put it carefully past.
Fif. 1894  D. S. Meldrum Margrédel vii.:
Marjory was laid past from active service, and felt that her days were numbered.
Edb. 1894  W. G. Stevenson Puddin' iii.:
I'm prood to think ye're layin' past siller.
Sc. 1937  Private Letter:
The bundle was put past for Miss — who left us at the end of May.

III. adj. Following a date, month, week, etc. = last, preceding. Gen.Sc. Obs. in Eng. Sc. 1900  R. Masson Uses of Eng. 43:
It has been standing this week past.
Sc. 1965  :
I haena seen him this year past.

Past prep., adv., adj.

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