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Fere, Feir, n.3 Also: fer, feyr. [ME. feer(e, fere, OE. fǽr.] Fear, dread.(a) c1400 Troy-bk. ii. 1600.
Hir feres sobrand
c1475 Wall. ix. 266.
The toun was sone in till a sudane fer
1490 Irland Mir. I. 125/16.
Our redempcioune … is maid … nocht be maner of dreid, of boste or of fere
1533 Bell. Livy I. 247/25.
He tuke sic fere, that he persewit na forthir
(b) c1475 Wall. xi. 1116.
With sorow sone thow mon bene set in feyr
c1500-c1512 Dunb. xvii. 32.
Had he of man als litill feir As he hes dreid that God him see
1513 Doug. i. vii. 80.
Away with dreid, and tak na langar feir
Ib. ii. ii. 97.
The north wynd onsoft Held thame abak, in angwys and in feir
1548 Corr. M. Lorraine 249.
Thay ar all in deidly feyr and wald randyr bagsaif and livis and nocht to be haldin as presonaris
1563-1570 Buch. Wr. 50.
Putting feir to the regent that he could not returne in Scotland with his lyff
1596 Highland P. I. 170.
The Bishop tuke a feir & send the contract be the berar
c1650 Spalding II. 294.
This vncouth act … bred gryte feir and perturbatioun

b. In the phrases but or without(in) fere, for fere.(1) a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 370.
On fute freschly thai frekis foundis but feir
1513 Doug. x. x. 23.
The tother, but feir, Buyr at hym mychtyly with a lang speir
1545 Acts II. 461/1.
That tha may all rys … without ony fer … to resist our auld inymyis
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 2021.
Withouttin feir of God or man His conquessing thus he began
1596 Dalr. II. 108/13.
Hardilie but feir tha cum against Striueling
Ib. 437/2.
At the altar he stude vnabaset without al feir
(2) a1500 Henr. III. 150/10.
For feir my longis wes flaft
c1500-c1512 Dunb. xxvii. 19.
For feir he chaingit hew
Ib. lxix. 41.
For feir of this all day I drowp
1516 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 163.
Nother for fere nor fauour lufe nor hatrent
1533 Bell. Livy I. 147/15.
Every gudis … for fere of his army war brocht within Rome
1563-1570 Buch. Wr. 26.
For feir of the quhilk the erll of Arrane … fled
a1605 Montg. Ch. & Slae 341.
I was affrayit to mynt so heych For feir to gett ane fall
1627–8 Peebles B. Rec. 415.
For fywe foddome of cordis to fessone the ledderis for feir the watter had taine thame away

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