Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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TROD, n., v.1 Also trodd (s.Sc. 1897 E. Hamilton Outlaws v.; Rxb. 1937 Border Mag. (April) 60), trode (Sc. 1774 T. Pennant Tour 1772 68).

I. n. 1. A tread or footstep. Obs. in Eng. Rare. Abd. 1804  W. Tarras Poems 59:
This is the worst o' a' mishaps, 'Tis war than death's fell trod.

2. Track, pursuit. Only in phr. hot trod, see Het, 1. (8), specif. of Border plundering and warfare. Hist. Sc. 1802  Scott Minstrelsy I. 184:
The Hot Trod was followed by the persons who had lost goods, with bloodhounds and horns, to raise the country to help.
Sc. 1967  Scots Mag. (June) 200:
In Border warfare “raising hot trod” was the drill for mustering an effective posse with the minimum loss of time.

II. v. To trace or track by following footprints, to trod a thief (n.Sc. 1825 Jam.).

[O.Sc. trode, to trace, track down, 1619, Mid.Eng. trod, a or to track, a path, O.E. trod, footprint, track.]

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