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Red(e)-hate, Re(i)d-het(t, adj. (p.p.). Also: Rid-het(t. [Red(e adj. and hett, p.p. of Hete v. Cf. late ME and e.m.E. redd hott (c1460).]

A. adj. (That has been) heated to redness; red-hot. a1400 Leg. S. xlv 242.
He ane oyne gert be mad Red het
c1420 Wynt. viii 7007.
Till this Jak Bon-howme he maid a crown Off a brandreth all red hate
1460 Hay Alex. (S.T.S.) 4880.
Stanis of irne rede-hate Schote out of gunnys
1535 Stewart 61248.
Ane reid het yrne
1598 Crim. Trials II 46.
Thay hett ane pair of taingis of irne in the fyre, quhill the blaidis thairof wes reid-hett
1602 Ib. 392.

B. p.p. (That is to be) held in a fire until red-hot. 1536 Dumfr. & Galloway Soc. XVII 211.
The kee … to be reidhett in the said fire and laid apone the saidis peitbeiraris cheikis

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