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EQUAL-AQUAL, adj., adv., v. Also eiqual-awqual (Cai.7 1943). [′ikwəl ′ɑkwəl]

1. adj. Equally balanced. alike, similar, quits (Lth., Dmf. 1825 Jam.2; Cai., Ags., Fif., m.Lth., Bwk. 1950). Fif. 1875  A. Burgess Poute 90:
So I doot we'll just ha'e to be eeksy-peeksy and be equal-aqual.
Per. 1881  R. Ford Hum. Sc. Readings 53:
You've daunted me, I've daunted you; Guid day! We're equal-aqual noo.

Hence used as n., equal sharing. Slk. 1829  Hogg Shepherd's Cal. I. 233:
Gude day to you the day; and think about the plan o' equal-aqual that I spake o'.

2. adv. In equal shares, equally, alike. Also forms equals-aquals (s.Sc. 1825 Jam.2); equal-aquals (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.; m.Lth.1 1950). Also in Nhb. and n.Yks. dial. Sc. 1821  Scott Pirate xvii.:
A' men share and share equals-aquals in the creature's ulzie.
Sc.(E) 1913  H. P. Cameron Imit. Christ i. viii.:
Bena curcuddoch wi' ony wumman, bot betooch a' guid weemen equal-aqual tae God.

3. v. To balance accounts, to “square” things, to make one equal to another (Lth. 1825 Jam.2). Sc. 1818  Scott H. Midtothian viii.:
If I pay debt to other folk, I think they suld pay it to me — that equals aquals.

[A reduplicative form from equal. Cf. Eeksie-peeksie.]

Equal-aqual adj., adv., v.

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