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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
This entry has not been updated since then but may contain minor corrections and revisions.

BIDE IN, n. Also bidey-in (bidie-in Sh., Ork., Bnff., Abd., Ags., Fif., Edb., Gsw., Ayr., Rxb. 2000s). (See quotes.)Sc. 1995 Daily Record 20 Feb 13:
These days, couples are no longer introduced as husband-and-wife. This is the age of the "bidey-in", the co-habitee, the "partner", live-in lover or "significant other".
Sc. 2000 Herald 28 Feb 28:
Better still, why don't those who suffer the pain and heartache of a walloping from their spouse or bidie-in either leave or simply prosecute?
Abd. 1916 J. Milne W.-L.:
Bide in. A person who lives with another without marriage. Bidie in, familiar of above. Twa bidie ins or bidies in, both parties being married people.

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