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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Handy-, Handie-labo(u)r, Handy-laubour, n. Also: handy labouring, vbl. n. [e.m.E. handy laboure (1535); after Handywerk n.] Work with the hands, manual labour. — 1579 Acts III. 138/1.
Seing that the sabboth dayis ar now commounlie violat … be … vsing of handy laubour and working thairon, … that na handy lauboring or wirking be vsed on Sonday
1587 Aberd. Council Lett. I. 9.
To the tinsall of thair traffique and handylabor
1601 Aberd. B. Rec. II. 220.
All our saidis leigis … to keip the said fyft day of August solemne yeirlie fra all sort of handie labour
1618 in Calderwood VII. 291.
That they … absteene from all maner of husbandrie and handie labour on the saids holie dayes

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