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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Carmusche, n. Also: carmuische, -mwschte, -mosche, -mische, -mish(e; carmuiche, -mouche; carmis(e, -meis. [From OF. escarmusche, with irregular dropping of the initial es-.] A skirmish.(a) 1535 Stewart 7830.
With mony skyrmyng oft syis to and fro, With countering and with carmuiches also
Ib. 8466; etc.
With countering and carmouche euerilk da
(b) 1535 Stewart 10462.
Scho maid ane carmusche lang befoir the day
Ib. 21334.
With countering and carmuische thame to irk
1548 Corr. M. Lorraine 249.
Daly and nychtlie is at all ouris carmosche of hakbuttis
1549 Ib. 287.
My lord … mannit the laycht place with certane Frenchte men and Scoittis men, and fell to the carmwschte
a1578 Pitsc. I. 275/33.
Thair var slaine of Inglismen at that carmish twa thousand men
Ib. II. 255/30.
Thair was gret carmishe betuix thame
1596 Dalr. I. 148/20.
Albeit thay fled, thay keipet thair ordour, … Sumtymes renueng the carmische
(c) 1549 Corr. M. Lorraine 296.
The Inglis men is marwelis dysplessit of this last carmis that my son ourthrew tham
1569-73 Bann. Memor. 214.
That carmise was about the Borrowmuire
1596 Dalr. II. 18/28.
Efter mony lycht carmissis Stiruiling is randirit
c1615 Chron. Kings 152.
In the quhilkis carmeissis, McLeane … sleyis the Erlle of Huntlyis fader brother

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