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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Farrest, -ast, a. and n. [Superl. of Far a.]

1. adj. Furthest; most distant. a1400 Leg. S. ix. 5.
That is the farrest land … Quhare ony man dwellis now
1495 Reg. Episc. Brechin II. 317.
In the quer of the said kirk under the farrast gree befor the hye altar
1513 Rec. Earld. Orkney 334.
The tenement, … streakand from the say … till the farrest partis that pertenis to the said tenement
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 4989.
Quho in the warld doith moste reiose Ar farrest, aye, frome thare purpose
a1598 Ferg. Prov. (1641) 15 b.
Neirest the Kirk, farrest fra God
1614 Crim. Trials III. 297.
Johnne Guild, and Andro Martine, wer farrest vpoun Robertis counseill of ony in the haill company

2. n. At (the) farrest, at the latest; at most. 1552 Reg. Privy C. I. 130.
With all diligence possibill, and at the farrest betuix this and the xx day of December nix to come
1578 Prot. Bk. J. Scott 60.
Betuix Ȝouill and Fastrenisevin ȝeirlie or fourtie dayis thairefter at the farrest
1639 Aberd. B. Rec. III. 166.
The same to be preceislie payed to thame this day, or the morne befoir ellevin houres at farrest
c1650 Spalding II. 313.
To indure onlie so long as the necessitie of the army sall require, and at the farrest bot for ane yeir
1622-6 Bisset I. 181/2.
Dilatouris suld be proponed at twa tymes at the farrest

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