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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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CRAW, v. Sc. form of Eng. crow (see P.L.D. § 34.1).

1. Used as in St.Eng., but note the following phrs. and pa.p. craw'n (Bnff.2, Abd.9, Fif.10 1940), crewn (irreg.).Sc. 1718 Ramsay Chr. Kirk iii. i. in Poems (1721):
Carles wha heard the Cock had craw'n Begoud to rax and rift.
Dundee 1991 Ellie McDonald The Gangan Fuit 38:
" ... Ye maun think yer smert, but I wadnae craa.
Whan it comes tae anatomy, yer brehns
is in yer feet." Man, whit a coup d'etat.
Knr. [1886] “H. Haliburton” Horace in Homespun, etc. (1925) 223:
It was a bauld thing he had dared; Far better he never had crewn!

Phrs.: (1) to craw crouse, see Crouse; (2) to craw day, to see another morning; (3) to craw in one's crap (crapine), see Crap, n.1, Crappin.(2) Sc. 1819 J. Rennie St Patrick II. iv.:
It wad be nae great ferlie though we're whuppet aff tae the apen ocean, an' ne'er ane o' us win back tae craw day.
Dmf. 1825 Jam.2:
May I ne'er craw day! “May I never see the morning!” an imprecation used in Dumfr[ies].

2. To perch on the eaves of a corn-stack like a crow and pass up the sheaves from the forker to the builder (Ags. 1946 (per Fif.14)).

[O.Sc. craw, etc., to crow, to boast, from a.1400 (D.O.S.T.).]

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