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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Brok, n.2 [OE. broc (also in woroldbroc) use, advantage, related by ablaut to brúcan Brouk v. Cf. Brok(e v.] The profit or interest on capital; usufruct. Stock and brock, principal and interest. Also in pl.(a) sing. 1463 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 23.
To fynd the childe of the brok of his gudis to the vsche of fyue yeris
1493 Acta Conc. 289/2.
The saidis personis sall content and pay … for the brok and proffit of the saide v ky be the said thre ȝeris ilk kow a calf
1535 Stewart 49646.
Baith scheip and nolt, gait and all vther gair, Out of Scotland war drevin awa and reft, And of thair brok richt litill than wes left
1567 Reg. Privy C. I. 601.
To sustene the saidis bairnis … upoun the proffeit and brok of the said sowme
1585 Misc. Spald. C. II. 343.
That my saidis barnis … be educat and brocht vp in vertew vpone the brok and proffeit of thair geir but hurt or diminutioun of the stok
1607 Edinb. Test. XLIII. 346.
He lewis his geir to the ouersicht of Iohnne Stewart … and [his bairns] to be intertineyit and wpbrocht wpoon the brok and profeit thairof
1604-31 Craig iv. 25.
The debitor detaines both stocke and brocke
1633 Lithgow 98.
[To] value stock and brock, tythes, fruites and all
1721 Kelly Prov. 211.
I neither got stock nor brock. That is, neither money, nor interest
(b) pl. 1583 Edinb. Test. xiii. 124.
That my spous … sall nureis … hir sone vpoun the ressonabill expensis of the brokkis of his geir
Vpoun … the brokkis, excrescence & ȝeirlie proffeitis of hir geir
1591 Ib. XXIII. 27 b.
With the brokis thairof to bring vp his bairnes
1631 Reg. Great S. 571/2.
Cum majoribus et minutis decimis lie brokis dictarum ecclesiarum
1637 Ib. 235/2.
Magnas et minutas decimas lie brokes ecclesie

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