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ACK, AC', n. and v. = St.Eng. act. Gen.Sc. [ɑk]

1. n. Sc. 1827 J. Wilson in Blackwood's Mag. XXI. 904:
I sall gie him his dixies for sic a rash ac'.
Abd. 1922 Wkly. Press 28 Jan. 3/1:
Div ye get ony gweed o' th' Agricultural Ratin' Ack noo?
Lnk. 1926 W. Queen in Slg. Observer 19 Jan.:
I wis fu' o' joy At his kindly an' generous ack.

2. v. (1) Knr. 1886 H. Haliburton Horace in Homespun 82:
It's no' the pairt, but hoo we ack That judgment 'ill be past on.
Arg.1 1928:
He wuz akkin the fool.
Rnf. 1802 Tannahill Poems and Songs (1815) 58:
Whilk aye will charm, and will be read, and acket, Till Time himsel' turn auld, and kick the bucket.
Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B. 38:
Wull ee let oo [us] ack?

(2) Phrase: Ti' ack yin's ain, to stick up for one's rights; to hold one's own. Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B. 38.

[Lat. agere, actum, to do.]

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