Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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CLEARANCE, n. Sc. uses. [′kli:rəns]

1. Proof; revelation (Abd.9 1937). Bnff.2 1941:
Maist o' them dootit aul' Bob's word, an' thocht his story needit some clearance.
Ayr. 1887 J. Service Dr Duguid 69:
They blessed God for giving them such a clearance of Bessie's guilt as to let them actually hear her in confabulation with the foul thief!

2. In pl.: “a term in the game of marbles, denoting the removal of an obstacle. ‘Nae clearances!' ‘Hy! Clearances!'” (Abd.13 1910; Fif.11937). See ne.Abd. quot. s.v. A'thing.

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