Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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AT, adv.2 Similar in meaning to adv.1 but expressing rather energetic than continuous action.

(1) To set to work hard on some labour. Ork. 1929  Marw.:
He was layan at for a' he was worth.

(2) To become stronger after an illness.   Ib.:
He'll come at yet.

(3) To acquire proficiency in something (Marw.). Cf. At, prep. 10. Bnff.2 “These three uses are also known in Fetlar” (Sh.4).

(4) Used in the same way as the Sc. suffix -ward(s) and the adv. on or up. Sh. 1908  Jak. (1928):
Nort' at, in a northerly direction.
Tak' her at! after landing: pull the boat up a little.

[At, adv.1, may be due to Norse influence. For the uses of at in Ork. and Sh. dialects cf. O.N. leggja at, to attack, O.N. koma at, to come at, recover, regain (Zoëga).]

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