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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Flag, v. [e.m.E. flagge (1615), f. Flag n.2] To pave with flagstones. 1518 Dunferm. B. Rec. 297.
That Thomas Fyn big, mend, and flag the burne fra the myl … to the nuk besid the abbay wall
1555–6 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 320.
The expensis maid of the … outlatting of the watter in the Play-feild … .Item, to the calsay maker to flag it, vj s.
1569 Lanark B. Rec. 45.
The port heid to be flaget
1663 Melrose R. Rec. II. 69.
Andro Mein to flag the ground of the burne

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