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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Daw, n.1 Also: dawe; dawis, -ys. [ME. dawe, dawen, early daȝen, OE. daᵹon, daᵹum dat. pl., and dawes, early daȝes, OE. daᵹas, nom. pl. of dæᵹ Day n.] Days. To do, bring, or put, of daw(is), to deprive of life, put to death.(a) 1375 Barb. vii. 132.
Thai … thoucht to … duell with hym quhill that thai saw Thar tym, and bryng hym than of daw
Ib. xviii. 156.
He … saw That thai war all done out of daw
c1420 Wynt. viii. 3389.
Qwhen that he wes dwne off dawe, Thai tuk the land forowtyn awe
a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 264.
Yone lord haldis of nane leid, … Bot euer lesting but legiance … enduring his daw
1513 Doug. ii. ii. 62.
Fra he was slane … and brocht of daw
Ib. vi. vii. 67.(b) 1375 Barb. vi. 650.
His fostir brothir … the fift has out of dawis doyn
c1420 Wynt. ii. 241.
He wes the fyrst that in hys dawys Ordanyt in to Grece the lawys
Ib. vi. 667.
Befor hys dawys
1456 Hay I. 41/7.
Thai … maid were to King Emuly, … sa that thai put him of dawis
c1460 Thewis Wysmen .
Vysmen that be fore our dawis Studyt in prophesy, and in lawis

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