Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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TEER, adv. Also tier, tear, in phrs. (1) a' by teer, a' the teer, all that ever . . .; as little as matters, as much and no more, barely, by the skin of one's teeth, to denote an action that comes within an ace of success or failure (wm.Sc. 1930); (2) a teer tae him, her, etc., used in speaking of a person determined to get his own way at all costs (see quot.). (1) Ayr. 1821  Scots Mag. (April) 352:
Gin I cou'd hae ony ou'rance o' you, I wad egg you a' the teer that I cou'd.
Sc. 1825  Jam.:
“Can you lift that?” “It's a' the teer.”
Gsw. 1860  J. Young Poorhouse Lays 48:
'Twas just a' the tier I had ony ava.
Gsw. 1925  :
“I beat you that time!” “Oh, aye, it was aa by tear” i.e. it took you all your time.
Kcb. 1928  :
It was a' by tear that I was not killed.
(2) Ayr. 1948  :
A tear tae him, he'll wreck the hoose. A tear tae him, he wad win his point.

[Reduced or corrupted forms of (1) a(ll) that e(v)er, freq. with ellipsis of succeeding clauses “that one could . . .” or the like; (2) whate(v)er (one says or does) tae him.]

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