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

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First published 1983 (DOST Vol. V).
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(Overstreke,) Ovirstreke, v. P.p. -strek. [Over adv. 8 . cf. ME. overstretchen (14th c.), e.m.E. -stretch, p.p. ourestraught (Kingis Q.).] tr. To overstretch. — c1520-c1535 Nisbet 2 Cor. x. 14.
For we ouirstreke nocht furth vs, as nocht strekand to you
a1570-86 Q. Schaw Maitl. F. cxlvi. 11.
For gif ȝe hauld ȝour sale ouir strek Thair may cum bubbis ȝe not suspek

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