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First published 2001 (DOST Vol. X).
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(Throuch-gate,) Throwgait, n. Also: throu-, thro-, through- and -gait, -gaet, -gat, -get. [e.m.E. thorow gate (1598); Thro(u)ch prep. and Gate n.1 1.]

1. = Throuchgang n. 1456–7 Peebles B. Rec. I 117.
The … balyhe gayf grund sessyng … of that sartan land … with half the yard fra the kel don to Sym Conno and Besse hys wif … the throgat sal serf tham bath vp throu and don throu
1530–1 Glasgow Prot. IV 30.
Jhon Wan balyae gaif staet to Jhon Allason … of ane bak place with the twa part of ane yard and fre entre at the for yet and throwgaet lyand in our Ladye gaet betuix [etc.]
1584 Boyd Fam. P. No. 68 (4 Nov.).
In the throwgait passage ische and entrie that the said Williame Kirkpatrick hes throw the said foirtenement be the foirȝeit therof in and to his baktenement
1589 Glasgow Prot. X 124.
[A nether dwelling house and the fore half of an old passage] antiqui passagii lie auld throwgait [through the tenement aftermentioned]

2. A path affording right of entry to and access through (lands). 1698 Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct. Deeds II 685.
[The heritors of Birkbuss had no further right to the lands above the Craigheid ligget than the liberty of] ane throwgait [for taking their beasts to and from the moor]
1698 Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct. Deeds II 685.
[Birkbuss had only the liberty of a] througait [from the Craigheid ligget to the hill]

3. fig. A way through (something). 1635 Dickson Wr. 75.
Death is not to be looked on by itself, but with the seasoning of it, and in Christ the through-get of it

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