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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Lesch(e, Leisch(e, v. Also: leich, leish, leasche. [f. Lesch(e n. (senses 3 and 3 b); also e.m.E. leash (1592).]

tr. To whip with or as with a leash, to flog.(a) 1503 Acts II. 251/1.
Thar faderis … sal … deliuer the said child to the iuge to be leschit [1566 ed., leichit], scurgit, and dungin
1542 Elgin Rec. I. 72.
That shayth war it to gadder ane dussane of quyins and gar lesch him
(b) 1551 Acts II 485/2.
The Dene of Gilde … to gar leische barnis that perturbis the Kirk
1576 Inverness Rec. I. 249. 1605 Crim. Trials II. 454.
Haifing maist schamefullie strukin and leischit the said George him self with beltis
1606 Reg. Privy C. VII. 185.
With a brydle he leisheit and strake the said compleiner over all the pairts of her body
1610 Calderwood VII. 79.
But he [Cyrus] was leished for it
1654 Nicoll Diary 134.
The slayer wes brocht to the fute of the gallous and thair was leiched upone the bak and schoulderis with sum few straikes of a soft scourge
(c) 1599 Elgin Rec. II. 75.
The officiaris commandit to leasche the boyes that were playand the tyme of the sermone

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