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Rus(e, Ruis, n.1 Also: ruys, ruiss(e, rwise, ruce; reuse. [ME and obs. e.m.E. ros (Orm), roos (Cursor M.), also rous (Manning), ON hrós.] Common in the phr. to mak … ruse (of a person, his doings, etc.), also const. clause object.

1. Boastfulness; boasting; bragging; an instance of this, a boast or brag. (1) But ony thinking of velany, … Of lytill ruse, wicht and hardy; Alex. ii 10462.
Bot thow mend hym that mys … Thow sall rew in thi ruse; Gol. & Gaw. 98.
Quhat berne … forgeit is maist forcely to furnyse a bancat In Venus chalmir valȝeandly withoutin vane ruse; Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 431.
All syk vayn ruys I feir as thing of nocht; Doug. ix iii 134.
With vther men wald thow commendit be Leif vant and ruse; Stewart 57233.
Adulteraris rus deceptyf is; Abell 2*a.
(2) Sum makkis a tvme ruys; Doug. viii Prol. 50.
Ȝe mak ruis far mair nor ȝe haif caus; Stewart 5172.
Ane freir … of hurdome ay makand vant and ruse; Ib. 51635.
James Alexander oppynlie … mayd his rus that [etc.]; 1560–1 St. A. Kirk S. 69.
I dar weill mak this ruse: Rang nocht his maik sen buryit was the Bruse; 1570 Sempill Sat. P. xii 17.
At lenth thairof ȝe sall mak litill ruse; Maitland Maitl. F. 310/43.
Few maid ruse at thare returnyng; Knox I 242.
Johne Moydert … maid meikle ruse that he him selfe was the cheif of Makdonelis kynd; Dalr. II 242/18.
Man of thy manhede mak thow na ruse; Carmichael Prov. No. 1159.

b. Cause for boasting; ? glory. At Bannockburn I serv'd the Bruce, Of quhilk the Inglis had na rus; ?a1400 Inscription in Jamieson s.v. Ruse.

2. Praise; commendation. (1) Quhat man it wes … that Agnes the ruse of mad; Leg. S. xli 114.
For reuse he maid of Alexander the king; Hay Alex. 5360.
We mak our rwise off him that he is ouris, and we his; Nisbet Rom. v 11 marg.
I heir ȝow produce Sic … vant of manlines and ruce Of ȝour natioun so worthelie hes previt … And litill rus ȝe mak of ws agane; Stewart 57700.
His successours maks litill ruisse … Of his devotioun; Lynd. Sat. 2960 (Ch.).
Jan Gomes … maid grait rus of Scotland to his king; Melvill 264.
It may be he sal not mak greit ruse of it quhen he hes gotten it; 1631 Red Bk. Menteith II 136.
When I sell I will make ruiss Of that whilk is not worth a plack; Pennecuik Poems 393.
(2) All erdly riches and ruse is noght in thair garde; Gol. & Gaw. 1241.

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