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EASY, adj. Sc. usages. See also Aisy.

1. Used pred., followed by the gerund, instead of the inf. as in Eng. Cf. Ill, adj. 9. Sc. 1816 Scott O. Mortality xi.:
“Weel, madam”, said Mysie, making the alterations required, “it's easy mending the error.”
Sc. 1887 R. L. Stevenson Underwoods 98:
O, I wad like to ken — to the beggar-wife says I — . . . — It's gey an' easy spierin', says the beggar-wife to me.
m.Sc. 1915 J. Buchan Thirty-Nine Steps 111:
“It's easy speakin',” he moaned.

2. Phrs. and Comb.: (1) easy bed, a lazy-bed, for potatoes, etc. (Rs., Mry. 1949 (per Fif.17)); (2) to be easy, to be well pleased, to be satisfied; (3) to have easy, followed by the gerund = to have no difficulty in . . .; for exs. see Hae, v. II. 2 (4). (2) Sc. 1827 Wilson Noctes Amb. (1855) I. 356:
“Will you try a glass of it now, James?” . . . “I'm easy. But Miss Gentle 'll pree't.”
Sc. 1861 C. Rogers Sc. Character 204:
The peasant boy of Fifeshire who intends to indicate his ready acceptance of a favour, does so by saying “I'm easy” — meaning that he is well pleased, and has a full appreciation of the boon.

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