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

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First published 2001 (DOST Vol. X).

(Swage,) Suaidge, n. [ME and e.m.E. swage (1374) an ornamental grooving, moulding, etc., 19th c. Eng. swage (1812) ‘a tool for bending cold metal … to the required shape' (OED), 18th c. Sc. dial. (1727) Swedge ‘a tool for making the grooves and nail-holes in a horseshoe, a bevelled chisel’ (SND), F. suage (1676) a locksmith's tool for fashioning semi-circular shapes, OF soue (1322), late L. soga a cord.] Appar. a blacksmith's tool, a type of chisel or moulding tool. Cf. Swadding knife n. 1667 Edinb. Test. LXXIII 19.
Thrie vyces for his calling ane suaidge tuo litle irone studies ane pair of belleis [etc.]

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