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Flit, Flyt, v. Also: flitt, flet, fleitt. [ME. flytt(e, flitt(e, ON. flytja.]

1. tr. To convey, remove, or shift (a person or thing) from one place to another. [The boat] sa litill wes, that it Mycht our the wattir bot thresum flyt; Barb. iii. 420.
To helpe thame come a thousand men … to flyt hire furth one the way; Leg. S. xliv. 253.
A towne … Wes flyttyd owt off that ilke plas Quhare it foundyt and byggyt was; Wynt. vii. 781.
To the men that flittit the bastailȝe fra the Freris to the Tolbuth of Abirdene, and flittit the burdis; 1497 Treas. Acc. I. 373.
A licence … to flit the pend of the said Frere Wynd; 1512 Reg. Privy S. I. 359/2.
His guidis wes flettit of the grund befor the proclamation of the ost; 1557 Inverness B. Rec. I. 14.
To twa warkmen for … flitting the skaffald … out of the kirk; 1595 Edinb. D. Guild Acc. 623.
Ane boit … for fletting ony of my Lordis adois; 1603 Misc. Maitl. C. II. 150.
Quhairvpone Argile flittis his camp tua myllis fra Fyvie to Crechie; Spalding II. 426.
For flitting the schoole, 18 s.; 1698 Ann. Banff II. 176.
fig. Thane gert he caste on hire … of necting a gret quantyte, … Thar-with for to flit hyre thocht; Leg. S. xliv. 278.
Quhen scho list hir fauour for to flitt; Stewart 48074.
absol. [To have] thair boitis … to serue, flitt, and fwir in my Lordis seruice; 1603 Shetland Sheriff Ct. 104 b.

2. tr. and refl. To remove (persons and possessions) from a place of occupancy or residence. Usu. flit and remove. (1) Scho may not flit nor remove the tenentis, occupiaris of the samin; Balfour Pract. 106.
The saidis … confessis … thame selfis, … lauchfullie and ordourlie flittit and remowit fra the town … of Vestir Camedall; 1588 Grant Chart. (Reg. H.).
The laird of Pitfoddillis … flitit out of Old Abirdein his haill familie and goodis; Spalding I. 134.
(2) To flit and remowe tham selfis, seruandis and guddis, furtht and fra the said Greit Orchart and garding yardis; 1578 Mun. Univ. Glasg. I. 122.
To flitt and remoue himself, his wyfe, bairnis, and servandis, familie guids and geir, furth and fra the said place of Murthlie; 1615 Red Bk. Grandtully I. xxvi.
The Marquess … leaves directioun to his seruandis to flit and remove thame selfis, goodis, and geir efter him to Strathbogie; Spalding I. 149.

3. intr. To depart from a place; to go elsewhere. That scho mycht purches sum remede To flit in-to sume wthir stede; Leg. S. xxxviii. 574.
Till Abyrdeyn … thai pas, Quhar Inglismen besyly flittand was; Wall. vii. 1066.
Ȝe schrenk nocht to trespas, Fra this fals warld as we suld never mare flit; Contempl. Sinn. 231.
And for thair fault till hell sune sall thay flit; G. Ball. 102.
Was he not … Ane of the first that maid the freiris to flit? 1581 Sat. P. xliii. 140.
He began to think how to flitt from Ægipte; Dalr. I. 71/17.

b. spec. To leave one's place of residence or occupancy. Freq. with remove. (1) The fadyr beande dede, Oft sys the sone flittys to fremyt sted; Bernardus 381.
To mak him fane To flit, or pay his gressome new agane; Henr. Fab. 2740.
Gyf thay refuse, to warne thame to flyt at Mertymes nixt to cum; 1540 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 99.
The pairtie in Leith … causit the haill inhabitaris of the Cannogait to flit and come to Leith; Diurn. Occurr. 293.
That Witsonday … was the twolt tyme I haid flitted sen my mariage; Melvill 257.
Things that looked lyk sorcerie quhich were found after she flitted, in the hous out of quhich she flitted; 1663 Inverness Presb. 302.
To John Broune, gardiner at Woodhall, when we flitted; 1697 Foulis Acc. Bk. 213.
(2) To tak congnicione gif that the saidis frow and Robert wer … nocht lauchfully warnit … to remufe & flitt tharfra; 1520 Fife Sheriff Ct. 198.
He warnit Robert Merschell to ramvf & flyt out of his maleyng; 1549 Prot. Bk. J. Crawford 27 b.
We decern … tham to flit and remoif thairfra with the mylnis and pertinentis thairof; 1582 Antiq. Aberd. & B. IV. 768.
Lyckas they obleis thame to flitt and remove fra the said myln; 1645 Irvine Mun. II. 62.
She shall be obliedged to flitt, red, and remove, and leave the same [maines] voyd and patent to my heires of taylȝy; 1680 Echt-Forbes Chart. 148.

c. (In phrases or absol.) To depart from this life; to die. For quhen we of this cuntre flit, Haue we nocht all alyk of it? Maitl. F. lxxiv. 13.
I man anes depart and flit out of this present warld; 1605 Edinb. Test. XL. 14 b.
I went and saw your mother, where I fand that your father was flitted; … ye and I could not wish to die with more faith; 1638 Baillie I. 109.

3. To change in state, condition, or mind; to be changeable or unstable. Office dois flit, and courtis dois varie; Dunb. lxvi. 26.
Of this fals failȝeand warld I tyre, That ever more flytis lyk ane phane; Ib. lxvi. 95.
Lo, from all grace quhou to myscheif thai flyt; Doug. iv. Prol. 81.
Riches and rent we ken dois not abyde, Bot flittis and fochis ever to and fra; 1573 Sat. P. xl. 42.
If ȝe be constant, I sall neuer change; If ȝe be fickle, I am forc't to flitt; Montg. Misc. P. xxxi. 58.

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