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First published 1983 (DOST Vol. V).
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Pat(t, Pate, n.1 [Late Sc. var. of Pot(t n.1] a. A pot. b. Comb. with -ars and -boull. c. fig. in to steir the pat to (a woman), to fornicate with. Cf. Pot(t n.1 3. —a. 1592 St. A. B. Ct. 1 Dec.
Ane Flanderis pat
1614 Dundee Shipping L. 248. 1632 Inv. Newark 6 a.
Of flatt pattis
1650 Rec. Kirk Scotl. 615. 1654 Edinb. Test. LXVIII. 42.
Ane pott and ane patt worth 1 lib.
b. 15.. Wyf. Awcht. 71. (K).
The fyre brunt aw the pat ars out
1583–4 Crail B. Ct. MS. 10 Mar.
Pate bowllis
c. 1677 Dunferm. Kirk S. 70.
Report was made of … Wm Burley … for steiring the pat to her … confest his fault in steering the pat to Angnes Drysdaill … at nycht

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