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Min, Myn(e, a. [North. and midl. ME. ([the] mare [more] and [the]) minne (a 1300), mynne, ON. minne compar. of lítill. After c 1440 appar. only Sc.] Lesser. Only in adj. or quasi-adv. phrases coupled with mare (more).

1. a. Mare and min, greater and lesser (persons etc.), all of them, every one. Also the mare and the min.(1) a1400 Leg. S. xxi. 616.
Al … That was thare, mare & myne
?1438 Alex. i. 3090.
To the erd ȝeid mare and min
Ib. ii. 10102.
And be our goddis mare and myn
c1420 Wynt. ii. 1074.
Man and best, bath mare and myn [: tharein] He wyndyde
Ib. iv. 2516. a1450 Fifteen Ois 202.
And all my freindis, mair and myn [: blyn]
a1500 K. Hart 68.
With all his lustie seruandis more and myn
a1500 Bk. Chess 586.
And as thaim list scho tald thaim mor & myn
a1500 Seven S. 226. a1508 Kennedy Flyt. 412.
Thay suld be exilde Scotland mare and myn [: kyn, pyn, thin]
1535 Stewart 30090. Ib. 6916.
With haill consent of all baith mair and myn
Ib. 9411. Ib. 21941. 1567 G. Ball. 43. a1570-86 Maitl. F. xxxix. 49. 1568 Charteris Lyndesay Pref. Adhort. 54.
Idolateris … Reid heir ȝour lyfe at large baith mair and min
1595 Anderson Winter Night (1713) 19.
Christ bade all people more and min [: sin]
(2) a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 1159.
Quhen thai war machit at mete the mare and the myn

b. Mare na (nor) myn, (neither) greater nor lesser, none of them. c1420 Wynt. v. 5804.
Quhare nevyr nane wes off hys kyne Auld na yhowng, mare na myne
Ib. viii. 729.
Gyff brethyr na systyr nane have he, Na thai na barnys mare na myn
1535 Stewart 18360.
Of this Octaueus kin … He sparit nother mair nor myn

2. Mare and myn (also, myn no mare), greater and smaller, to a greater or smaller extent, altogether, entirely. a1400 Leg. S. xii. 234.
He for-gafe hyme the syne That he had done mare & myne
Ib. xxvii. 268.
Bot angelis … It kepit thane myne no mare, Fra wath of watir quhare it lay
Ib. xxxiv. 222.
Of tonge the syne He bad hyr forbere mare & myne
1560 Rolland Seven S. 7760.
I sall ȝow schaw the mater mair and min

b. Mare ne (nor, also or) myn, (neither) greater nor less, of any kind, in any way, at all. a1400 Leg. S. xli. 75.
Persawyng … That hyme nothire ailyt mare ne myn Bot that luf distrenȝet hyme
a1500 Seven S. 1943.
Bot he spak na word mare nor myn
1573 Davidson Sat. P. xlii. 526.
Nor ȝit the hart, syching for sin, Can thair fynd comfort mair or min

c. But myn or more, neither more nor less, exactly. c1552 Lynd. Mon. 2732.
Four hundreth stageis and four score In circuit, but myn or more

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