Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I).
ABE, ABEE, A-BE, v. (See also Let-a-be, n.) [ə′bi:] In phr.: Let (leave, bid) abe.
1. = Leave undisturbed, let alone, let be. Gen.Sc.Sc. a.1724 in Allan Ramsay T. T. Misc. (1762) 58:
Had your tongue, mither, and let that abee, For his eild and my eild can never agree.Sc. 1874 W. Allan Hamespun Lilts 318:
Gi'e me the plain lassie wi' sense, Wha lets Natur's tracin's abee.Ags. 1879 J. Guthrie Sel. Poems and Songs 59:
They canna thole to lat abee The Edzell shootin.Per. c.1850 W. Wilson Poems (1875) 103:
But aften I wish he wad tak' my auld mither, An' let puir young Tibbie abee.Knr. 1900 H. Haliburton Horace in Homespun 228:
And let abee the ware that shines On sideboards o' the gentry.Lth. 1894 P. H. Hunter James Inwick 115:
He had been tell't, afore he cam to that meetin', . . . to steek his mou', an' let the kirk a-be.Rnf. 1840 J. Mitchell The Wee Steeple's Ghaist 168:
Gude faith! we'll see, If mankind will let me a-be, Wha's stomach first will turn.Ayr. 1879 R. Adamson Lays of Leisure Hours 9:
An' if it should happen tae need a bit brush Just let the puir body a-be.Wgt. 1804 R. Couper Poems I. 193:
The bansters capping round the swats, Bid jealous touts abee.Kcb. 1893 S. R. Crockett Stickit Minister xix. 224:
Lea' decent folk abee.
2. (As adv. phr.) Not to mention, much more, far less (after neg.), let alone. Gen.Sc.Sc. 1819 Scott Bride of Lam. II. x.:
I hate fords at a' times, let abe where there's thousands of armed men on the other side.Sc. 1893 R. L. Stevenson Catriona xxii. 261:
Your father would be gey an little pleased if we was to break a leg to ye, Miss Drummond, let-a-be drowning of you.wm.Sc. 1835 J. D. Carrick Laird of Logan I. 281:
It is desperate difficult to gang, let abee dance, with an iron spit hinging at ane's side.
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