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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Hag, v. [Northern ME. hagge (c 1400), ON. (hagg-,) hǫggva.] tr. To hack, hew, cut. — 1456 Hay II. 28/16.
To … destroye perilous passagis, ger hag woddis and mak reparacioun of evill biggit placis
1574 Crosraguel Chart. II. 17.
Full power … to cut, sel, geif and dispone, and wod hag … all and quhatsumevir wodis … wythin the boundis of the landis abone wryttin
1628 Reg. Privy C. 2 Ser. II. 362.
They … hagged and hewed his desk and seate with axes and uthers instruments
1630 Rutherford Christ & Doves 5.
Christ was hagged, hewed and cutted on the cross
1671 Justiciary Ct. Rec. II. 33.
He ... said ... that he would have thanked them if they had haged an spail of the tennents cheecks
?1672 M. Bruce Sermon in Edinburgh 10.
Some were killed in the fields ... some by murderers hagged doyn as they stood on the cross-ways
1684 Wodrow Hist. (1828) IV. 112.

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