Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I).
This entry has not been updated since then but may contain minor corrections and revisions.
BETWEEN, prep. St.Eng. except in the following phrases:
1. Between-hands, at intervals.Sc. 1826 Scott Journal (1890) I. 157:
Have a good deal to do between-hands in sorting up the newly arrived accession of books.
2. Between the eyes, face to face. Cf. Atween, 3 (4).Sc. 1880 R. L. Stevenson Letters (1899) I. 174:
I saw that gentleman [Hades] between the eyes, and fear him less after each visit.
3. Between the (two) lights, “twilight” (Sc. 1905 A.W. in E.D.D. Suppl.).Sc. 1933 N. B. Morrison Gowk Storm 214:
Dusk, “between-the-lights” Nannie called it.
4. Between two minds, “undecided” (Sc. 1905 A.W. in E.D.D. Suppl.).
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