Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
STREETCH, v., n. Also streach (Sc. 1724 Treatise on Fallowing 55), streech (Sc. 1787 J. Elphinston Propriety II. 6; Abd. 1867 W. Anderson Rhymes 59; Rnf. a.1901 Poems Kilbarchan (Lyle 1929) I. 56; Uls. 1900 T. Given Poems 156), streich (Sc. 1724 Ramsay Poems (S.T.S.) III. 88), streitch (Sc. 1828 Wilson Noctes Amb. (1855) II. 136; Mry. 1969 Northern Scot (15 Feb.) 4), streitch. Sc. forms and usages of Eng. stretch (Edb. 1798 D. Crawford Poems 41; Slk. 1875 Border Treasury (10 April) 422; Abd. 1916 G. Abel Wylins 82; Slg. 1929 W. D. Cocker Dandie 46; Lth., Ayr. 1923–26 Wilson, Bwk. 1942 Wettstein; Rxb. 1942 Zai). Gen. (exc. I.) Sc. For other Sc. forms see Streek, v.1, n.1 [stritʃ]
I. v. 1. As in Eng. Hence streetcher, (1) the cross-bar which keeps apart the draught-chains between the trace- and cart-horses yoked in a team (Rxb. a.1838 Jam. MSS. X. 367). Also in Eng. dial.; (2) a clothes-prop (Cai. 1900; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.). Gen. (exc. I.) Sc.; (3) a frame on which to stretch a shawl after washing (Sh. 1971).
(2) Slk. 1892 W. M. Adamson Betty Blether 29:
Twa ends o' a broken claes streetcher. Bnff. 1955 Banffshire Jnl. (24 May):
The stretchers holding up the clothes. (3) Sh. 1899 Shetland News (28 Oct.):
A len o' Bawby's stretcher ta stretch her haps.
2. To stretch the legs, to walk, stride out, to take exercise by walking or dancing. Also in n.Eng. dial.; to stalk or strut about in a haughty manner, used sarcastically (Slk. 1825 Jam.; Kcb. 1971). Obs. in Eng. exc. dial.
Lnk. 1792 J. Knox Airdrie Bards (1930) 310:
They're keen to get a streetchen, An' dance that day. Fif. 1811 C. Gray Poems 75:
Whan he was young he aft gaed streachin' . Sax, aught, or ten miles to a preachin'.
3. To harrow land in the same direction as it was ploughed, to harrow along the furrows (Arg.1 1937).
4. To lay out (a corpse) for burial. Hence streetching-brod, -buird, the board on which this is done (s.Sc. 1825 Jam.; Kcb. 1971).
Sc. 1834 G. R. Gleig Allan Breck III. vi.:
He took good care of his mother's streeching. He telt Effie that she might lay out the corpse if she liket. Sc. 1851 S. R. Whitehead Rose Douglas xxi.:
Tummas was often oot wi' the stretching-brod. Ags. 1894 J. B. Salmond My Man Sandy (1899) 124:
Brocht in on the police streetchin' buird. Arg. 1896 N. Munro Lost Pibroch 105:
There he was with the stretching-board under his arm — a good piece of larch rubbed smooth by sheet and shroud, and a little hollow worn at the head. Whom he was going to stretch he had no notion, except that it was a woman.
II. n. 1. As in Eng.: a stretch, extent; a continuous spell or “go” at some activity. Adv. strietchways, lengthwise, following the seam in a coal-mine. See Streek, n., 3.
m.Lth. 1767 Session Papers, Earl of Abercorn v. Hope (14 July) 11:
They must only have left a common stoop, and have wrought strietch-ways. Sc. 1827 Wilson Noctes Amb. (1855) II. 6:
I swom across the loch at ae streetch. Sh. 1891 J. Burgess Rasmie's Büddie 79:
A streetch o siller licht. Dmf. 1920 J. L. Waugh Heroes 25:
The “streetch o' guid fishin' watter.” Rxb. 1925 E. C. Smith Mang Howes 2:
The skleff, strecht streetch at the head o' the brae. m.Sc. 1933 J. Ressich Thir Braw Days 86:
Sic a graun' streitch o' shouthers.
2. A straining or relaxation of the strict import of a statement, regulation, etc., a forced argument or claim. Rare and obs. in Eng.
Sc. 1703 Acts Parl. Scot. XI. 105:
The said Laws have been lyable to streatches, . . . in respect of their generality and the various construction which the same may admit. Sc. 1704 J. Maidment Pasquils (1868) 382:
Thou furious reprobate pratling Whitelaw, Who with streatches and false claimes does bluster and blaw. Sc. 1722 R. Wodrow Sufferings iii. viii. s. 4:
The Probation is summed up with much Cunning and many Stretches. Sc. 1742 Kames Decisions (1799) 61:
A stretch beyond the common law.
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