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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Flag, n.1 [Obscurely related to Flaw n.2 and Flaw n.1] A blast or gust; a flash (of lightning). 1513 Doug. i. iii. 61.
With fludis ourset … and at vnder By flaggis and rayn dyd from the hevyn discend
Ib. vii. Prol. 49.
Dym skyis oft furth warpit feirfull levyn, Flaggis of fire, and mony felloun flawe
1535 Stewart 11396.
Furius flaggis of scharpe haill and sleit
Ib. 24531.
The fyre fastar doun fell, Flag for flag
a1570-86 Schaw Maitl. F. cxlvi. 18.
Of hie landis thair may cum flaggis … And ryve ȝour foirsaill all in raggis

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