Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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AGENT, n. Sc. law: a solicitor. [′e:dʒənt Sc.; ′ɑ:dʒənt n.Sc., sm.Sc.; ′:dʒənt m.Sc.] Sc. 1818 Scott H. Midlothian II. viii.:
There's no a cleverer agent than Nichel Novit e'er drew a bill of suspension.
Abd.(D) 1871 W. Alexander Johnny Gibb xviii.:
The Presbytery's legal awgent's up fae Cromwellside.
Edb. 1773 Fergusson Auld Reikie 11. 65–66:
While busy agent closely plies, And a' his kittle cases tries.
Hdg. 1902 J. Lumsden Toorle, etc. 99:
Syne ane they ca'ed his Counsel, that his awgent Bow-Wow had ready forrit, the Judge alloo'd to speak for the auld villain afore he gied him his sentence.

[Lat. agens, agentem, pr.p. of agere, to do.]

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