Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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DREEF, n. A large number, a crowd, a drove, a shoal (Ork.2 1949). Dim. dreefle (Cai. 1911 John o' Groat Jnl. (24 Feb.), Cai.9 1949). Cf. Drave. Ork. 1929  Marw.:
What a dreef o' sillos (young coal-fish) tae dite (gut)! They (there) war (was) sic a dreef o' folk in the shop at I could no win near the counter.

[Cf. O.N. drífa, to crowd, throng, Norw. drift, a drove.]

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