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Birl, Byrl, v. Also: birll, byrll. [ME. birle, byrle, ONhb. birliᵹa, OE. byrelian, f. byrele cup-bearer.]

1. tr. To pour out for drinking. Also with on or upon (= to) a person. Scho … on ald Ysak birlit the wyne; Seven S. 1053.
The wyne tharwith, … To thame he byrlis and skynkis fast; Doug. i. iv. 67;
Ib. iii. v. 138, etc.
Hengist gaif his besy cure … that the nobill wyne largelie apoun the king suld be birllit; Boece viii. ix. 269.
Thai birlit vyn on him … , quhil he ves ful of vyn and ves drunkin; 1558 Prot. Bk. A. Gaw 45.
Foull Glottonie … Did birll the vyyne upon me; J. Stewart 235 § 143.

2. intr. To drink or carouse. Const. at (the wine, etc.) Thou was begotten … At banket birland at the beir; Polwart Flyting 178.
To heir hou ȝe … Birlis at the wyne; Montg. Son. lxvi. 11 .

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