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A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)

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First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).
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Nixt-, Next-hand, prep. [ME. (north.) neist hand (Cursor M.), next(e) hand (14th c.), adv. and prep., e.m.E. next hand adv.] Nearest to, beside; immediately following; second only to. — 14.. Burgh Laws c. 64 (A).
His nychtburis that duellis next hande him
1513 Doug. xi. ix. 84.
Nixt hand hir went Lavynia the maid
1535 Stewart 26638.
For to haif the gyding of all thing Ouir all the laif nixt hand Occa the King

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