Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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CHALLENGE, n. and v.

1. n. A summons (by Death). Known to Bnff.2, Abd.9 1939. Abd. 1825  Jam.2:
“He has gotten a hasty challenge,” i.e. a sudden call.

2. v. To reprove or find fault with anyone (Bnff.2, Abd.2, Ags.2, Fif.1, Kcb.10 1939). Now only dial. in Eng. (N.E.D.). Sc. 1881  A. Mackie Scotticisms 30:
I challenged the boys for throwing stones.
Fif. 1909  Colville 87:
I was never challenged for that afore.

[O.Sc. chalange, chal(l)enge, n., a calling to account, 1375; v., to call (a person) in question; to charge or accuse of some offence or fault, early 15th cent. (D.O.S.T.).]

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