Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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BILE, v. and n.1 Gen.Sc. form of Eng. boil (water, etc.). [bəil. See P.L.D. §§ 46, 105.2.]

1. v. Lnk. 1926  W. Queen We're a' Coortin 31:
I'll rin in an' see if the wheen tatties I've on for the laddie's denner are bilet yet.

2. n. A heating or firing of corn stacks. Abd. 1934 9 :
Mains's rucks are at the bile.

Phr.: bile the money, call by children to people newly married to distribute money. Lnk. 1927  (per Ayr.4):
Bile the money! hard up cudna buy a cheeny-cup.

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