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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II).
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CHAR, adv. In phr. a char, ajar; “when anything is beat a little out of its position, . . . we say a-char” (Abd. 1790 A. Shirrefs Poems, Gl.).Sc. 1718 Ramsay Chr. Kirk II. iii. in Poems (1721):
My Chafts are dung a char.

[O.Sc. on char, slightly open, ajar, c.1500–1512 (D.O.S.T.); Mid.Eng. char(re), O.E. c(i)err, cyrr, a turn, etc. (Stratmann).]

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