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Brekis, Breikis, n. pl. Also: brecis, breks, brex; breik(e)s, breikk(i)s, breick(i)s; breeks. [Pl. of Breke n., corresp. to e.m.E. breeches, brieches, ME. brechis.] Breeches, trousers. (a) Ane greit hude, coit and brekis; 1494 Treas. Acc. I. 224.
For ane elne wellus to be brekis to ane pair of the same hos; 1503 Ib. II. 211.
For ane coit, sark, and brekis … to ane puir boy; 1542–3 Ib. VIII. 170.
Ane pair of gray brekis and quhyte schankis; 1576 Crim. Trials I. ii. 51.
Tua pair of brekis, ane pair of schort hoise; 1601 Misc. Spald. C. II. 145.
Calling of him suetie hatt, clipit brecis; 1610 Rec. Old Aberd. I. 49.
Clothis made wp in cot and brekis; Spalding I. 347.
(b) Thay … maid thame breikis of leuis grene; Lynd. Mon. 985.
Twa ledderone skynnis till be ane pair of breiks to the gray freir; 1558 Edinb. Old Acc. I. 270.
Forgeing thair sermonis … efter the fassoun of schipmenis breiks, mete for euery leg; Winȝet I. 52/18.
Jonet Cadye … being delatit to the kirk for disagysing of hir in welvot breikis; 1574 Misc. Maitl. C. I. 104.
Breickis thay had verie slichte, and indeid mair to hyd thair memberis than for ony pompe or pryd; Dalr. I. 93/21.
To by alsmekill kairsay claithe as to be coitt, breikis, and hois; 1630 Glasgow B. Rec. I. 374.
Ane brave company of tounes soldiouris, all cled in white satein doubletis, blak veluot breikis, and silk stokingis; Spalding I. 34.
For twa elnes plyding to lyne his breicks; 1647 Caldwell P. I. 99.
(c) Androw Patrik … stayed their … sheaping the breeks; 1649 Cupar Presb. 138.
His count for making my black cloathes for Lady Killocks buriall, coat, breeks, and justicoat; 1700 Foulis Acc. Bk. 275.

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