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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Await, n. Also: awaitt. [ME. awayt(e, await (Chaucer), ONF. await, aweit, f. awaitier: see the vb.] In or at await, in wait, in ambush.1490 Irland Mir. I. 167/19 (the feynd that in await lyith for to caucht me). 1513 Doug. xii. vi. 68 (lyggyng at enbuschment or await). 1566 Reg. Privy C. I. 460 (havand personis laid at await for the said James). 1572-5 Diurn. Occurr. 156 (lay at await to commit this slauchter). 1592 Reg. Privy C. V. 12 (lay at awaitt for him at the well gait porte). 1606 Stewart Mem. 116.
The saidis rebellis … lay at awaitt to haue slane … Alexander Stewart

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