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BEAM, BEIN, v.1 tr.

1. (See quot.) Now obs. according to Watson Rxb. W.-B. Rxb. 1825  Jam.2:
To Beam, Bein. To beam the pot, to warm or season the tea-pot, before putting in the tea.

2. fig. To prepare oneself for anything; to prime. Ork.(D) 1880  Dennison Orcad. Sk. Bk. 67:
I tell you, if ever I think on't, whin I'm no weel beamed wi geud punch, it mak's the cauld swaet come oot aboot me.

[Perhaps a modification of Bien, q.v., cosy, etc. O.Sc. bene, fill abundantly, Henryson Fables, The Swallow l. 65.]

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