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A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)

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First published 1983 (DOST Vol. V).

Ostage, v. P.p. (? erron.) osted. (OF. ostagier, ostager (13th c. in Godef.).) tr. To give hostages for, to obtain the release of (a captive) by giving hostages. — ?1438 Alex. ii. 6306.
I will ga with him … For to ostage the presonis [F. les prisons ostagier] Or delyuer thame for ransonis
Ib. 6859.
Ȝour presoun Is nocht ȝit osted [F. bien ostagie] with resoun, Ȝe ar with-haldin in my dangere

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