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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Beid, infin. phr. = be'd ‘be it’, with usual change of unstressed it to d. (Cf. Albeid, Dude, Ford, etc.) a1500 Henr. Fab. 1799.
‘Weill.’ quod the suallow, ‘ … hardlye beid’
Id. III. 150/21.
On ȝour saule beid
1535 Stewart 30440.
I pray to God so beid
Ib. 54678.
On his awin perrell beid
a1540 Freiris Berw. 541.
Gif thow dois nocht, on thy awin perrell beid
a1605 Montg. Ch. & Slae 598.
Gang with them, hardlie beid

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