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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I).
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ASK, AISK, v.1 Of the sky: to be covered with haze or gray clouds foreboding wind; to rain slightly. [ɑ(:)sk Sh.; ɛsk Ork.]Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928):
De sky is askin. Hence the substantive askin, a askin for wind, slight cloudiness, haze foreboding wind.
Ork. and Sh. 1887 Jam.6:
Ask, aisk, rain slightly or drizzle.

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