Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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BICHT, Becht, n.1 and v. [bɪt, bt]

1. n. Used with the same meanings as bight in Eng. ne.Sc. 1881 W. Gregor Folk-Lore of N.E. Scot. 199–200:
When it was suspected that the boat had been forespoken . . . the boat was put through the halyards. This was done by making a noose or “bicht” on the halyards large enough to allow the boat to pass through.

2. v. To pull round (so as to form a loop). Avoch, e.Rs. 1916 (per Mry.2):
A wid shot ma nits an' bicht (hecht) them ower ma Grannie's grave gin 'er were eirn [herring] in't.

[O.E. byht, bend; Mod.Ger. bucht, Du. bocht, Dan., Sw. bugt; O.E. būgan, to bend.]

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