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First published 1983 (DOST Vol. V).
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Onlaying, vbl. n. Also: un-. [Laying vbl. n.1 2 (6).] Laying on, in various senses of Lay v.1 41. (1) Setting or placing on (material things); fixing in position; loading (goods). (2) Laying on (of hands). (3) Inflicting (a disease). (4) Imposing (an arrestment).(1) 1558 Treas. Acc. X. 432.
To the cowperis for thair laubouris in … on laying of certane new girdis upon the saidis barrellis
1574 Edinb. D. Guild Acc. 26. 1574–5 Haddington Treas. Acc. 24.
At the onlaying of the stane of the west myll
1609 Edinb. B. Rec. VI. 335.
For onlaying thairof on the cairts
1611 Macgibbon & Ross V. 7.
At onlaying of lyntalls or ony uther thing
1618 M. Works Acc. (ed.) II. 96.
For binding and onlaying of the strae
1659 Irvine Mun. II. 84.
For afftaking and unlaying of thair loads
1681 Corshill Baron Ct. 156.
Wronging his young hedg by onlaying of wett seckes
(2) 1581 Burne Disput. 117 b.
The ordinar calling of pastoris be the onlaying of the handis of the preistheid
Ib. in 1573-1600 Cath. Tr. (S.T.S.) 156/25.
Be onlaying of handis
(3) 1608 Crim. Trials II. 543.
Manifest devilrie and witchcraft in on-laying and aftaiking of seiknes
1610 Ib. III. 95.
For on-laying be witchcraft … of ane grevous diseas and seiknes vpone the said Alexander Wentoun
1622 Ib. 514. 1643 Reid Auchterarder 201.(4) 1668 Corshill Baron Ct. 83.
After the said arreistment onlaying the said Alexander payed the said soume
1676 Ib. 136.

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