Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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ACCOUNT, ACCOONT, n. [ə′kunt] Meanings gen. as in St.Eng. account. Also:

1. pl. News, details, information. Sc. 1745 Spalding Club Misc. (1842) II. 27:
I pray God may preserve you, and give me good accounts of you.
w.Dmf. 1908 J. L. Waugh Robbie Doo (1912) 51:
Beguilin' the time wi' accoonts o' the new railway and its wonderfu' horse o' ern.

2. Phrases.

(1) Lay ane's accoont wi', to reckon upon, expect. (Said by N.E.D. to be originally Scots, but now common in its Eng. form.) Kcb. 1894 S. R. Crockett Raiders (1895) x.:
Ye micht be killed by the enemy if you obeyed; but ye wad be killed of a certainty gin ye didna, so ye micht lay your accoont wi' that.

(2) Gie in ane's accoont (cf. Rom. xiv. 12), to die, to appear before God. Sh.3 1930. Cai.(D) 1909 D. Houston 'E Silkie Man 3:
'Ey've a' geen in 'eir accoont.

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"Account n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 20 Jan 2022 <>



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