A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)
Thringing, Thronging, vbl. n. [ME and e.m.E. thranging (Cursor M.) thryngyng (Cath. Angl.), throngyng (1548); Thring(e v.]
1. Pressing, clasping.
With wringing, and thringing, His hands on vther dang; Montg. Ch. & Slae 795 (W).
2. Pushing, thrusting, forcing one's way (in, throw).
(a) Thou that wald gang to hevin, make thee for thringing throw quhill all thy guttis be almaist thrustit out; Rollock Wks. I 308.
There is no little thrusting and thringing to thrust in at heaven's gates; it is a castle taken by force; 1637 Rutherford Lett. (1894) 277.
(b) What violence of thronging will heaven take! 1637 Rutherford Lett. (1894) 345.
The heavenly kingdom is not gotten with a skip or a leap … there must be thrusting and thronging and climbing to enter in; 1649 Sel. Biog. I 404.
The more discouragement seizeth upon the soul, there should be the more prayer, and thronging in upon Christ; Durham Clavis Cantici 142.
3. Crowding together, jostling; press (of people).
For the more easie accommodatione of the congregatione and keeping them from thronging & vther vnseemelie behavior; 1652 Dumfries Kirk S. 8 April.
A door … made at the foot of the stair … leidding to the councill loft to the end the same may be frie of the thronging of people that uses to stand in the said enterie; 1676 Edinb. B. Rec. X 260.
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