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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Dew, n.2 Also: dewe, pl. deves. [ME. (and e.m.E.) dew, dewe (15th c.), var. of due, OF. deu, du.] a. One's due or right. b. A payment legally due. (Chiefly pl.) 1585 James VI Ess. 15.
They … conuoy The busie shearers for to reap their dew
Ib. 29.
Verse that ought to Atropos no dewe
c1615 Chron. Kings 110.
He said that the cleathing off the deid belangit to the hangman of dew
1640 Kirkcudbr. Min. Bk. 153.
The haile common burdens, dews, and accomptes foirsaid
1645 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 43.
He sall … pay taxation and vther dewes sic as sall be impoised
1655 Ann. Banff I. 139.
[Fourteen merks] being his charges by and attour the missive deves
1666 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 226.
To … vptake the ordinarie rentes and dewes appoyntit … to be peyit theranent
1696 Conv. Burghs IV. 217.
Without payment of any dewes except the conservators allanerley
1700 Ib. 308.
Any anchoradge, … cocketts, or other dews

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