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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Gefe, Geif, Geyf, conj. Also: geiff, geyff. [Var. of Gef, Geve, Gif, conj. Cf. Gefe,v.] If.(a) 1434 14th Rep. Hist. MSS. App. iii. 11.
Gefe it happinis the saide Andro … to be … distroublit
1463 Peebles B. Rec. 149.
To the sayd Ionet gefe he dessessis befor her
1519 Fife Sheriff Ct. 147.
To distrenȝe tharfor gefe neid be
(b) 1456 Peebles B. Rec. 112.
Geyf ony man wald com … and brwk wel his land
1528 Cal. Charters Suppl. (Reg. H.).
Geyff ony off the saydis parteiis hes had ony landis of wders neglegenttlye
1545 Corr. M. Lorraine 141.
Geyf thar cumis ony on your cost, I sall werteis your grayce
(c) 1481 Acts II. 139/1.
Geif it sall happin oure ennemyis to invaid the realme
1483 Acta Conc. II. Introd. 120.
To se geif ony declaratioun can be had
1513 Doug. i. i. 86 (Sm).
Geif I ourcumin be thus schamefullie
1551 Prot. Bk. W. Corbet 16.
Geiff the said James kennis nocht graythlie the said … landis
1577 Waus Corr. I. 153.
Geif sua be, I sall preis my self to rewenge the sam
1596 Highland P. I. 172.
Geif there be ony conspiracie against … Argyll, it is be him

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