Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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BREEK, v.2

1. To get up hastily. Bnff. 1930 2 ;
2 :
Breek noo; it's yokin' time.

2. To set about any work. Bnff. 1935 2 ;
7 :
To “breek” to a job is to get it started. “Weel, ye've gotten breekit,” as would be said to one hard at work.
Bch. 1930  (per Abd.15):
We'd ull gettin him to breek i' the mornin.

[Simply “to put on trousers,” i.e. prepare or array oneself for work. Cf. Eng. fig. phr. to gird up one's loins, to prepare for action. See etym. note to Breek, n.1]

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