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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Change-, Chainge-house, n. [Change v.; perhaps with reference to the changing of horses.] A small inn or alehouse. c1620 Boyd Zion's Fl. 72.
When men see the ivy bush hang out, They knowe the change-house
1664 Lamont Diary 169.
Swintowne, who keiped an ins and a changehowse att Carstrophen
1674 Red Bk. Grandtully II. 222.
The governour … desyred they would retire to some corner or change house
1687 Reg. Privy C. 3 Ser. XIII. 183.
They took him with them to Walter Iohnstones, ane change-house in Savock, … where they drunk all night
1700 Balfour Lett. 52 (J).
There is a little kind of chainge-house close to it, that provides meat for men and horses at their own expenses

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