Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
BREE, n.3 See Broo, n.2, 1. [bri:]
†1. The eyebrow, in phr. to move neither ee (eye) nor bree, to remain absolutely motionless.
n.Sc. 1808 Jam.:
“Ee nor bree,” is still a proverbial phrase. “He moved neither ee nor bree ony mair than he had been dead.” Abd. 1768 A. Ross Helenore 67:
Now they conclude, that here their truff maun be, An' lay stane still, not mooving eye nor bree. Abd. 1824 G. Smith Douglas, etc. 32:
[I'll] ne'er move e'e nor bree' [sic].
2. The brow, forehead (Fif.1 1935).
Sc. after 1715 White Cockade in Jacobite Minstrelsy (1829) 111:
But aye the thing that blinds my e'e Is the white cockade aboon the bree. Sc. 1887 R. L. Stevenson Underwoods 127:
An' whiles the bluid spangs to my bree, To lie sae saft, to live sae free. Sc. 1930 J. G. Horne in Glasgow Herald (4 Feb.) 8/9:
Reid as the tod an' shaggëd to the bree, Bauchlt an' barefit, deil-ma-care an' free. Per. a.1860 W. Wilson in Harp of Perthsh. (ed. Ford 1893) 164:
Wi' bonnet sae vaunty, an' owerlay sae clean, An' ribbon that waved 'boon his bree. Ayr. 1845 J. Cameron in Ayrshire Wreath (ed. R. Crawford) 138:
A bonnie Ayrshire lassie's bree.
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