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FASH, v., n. Also †fach; †faush (Rnf. 1788 E. Picken Poems 44); †fosh (Ayr. 1703 Session Bk. Dundonald (1936) 541).

I. v. †1. tr. To make angry, enrage; intr. (from refl. usage) to fret, be angry. Sc. 1703  Chrons. Atholl and Tullibardine Families II. 18:
I am more fached with your groome J. Douglas than I can tell.
Ayr. 1821  Galt Annals xxvi.:
The dinner was a little longer of being on the table than usual, at which he began to fash.
Ayr. 1887  J. Service Dr Duguid 42:
They asked him what it was, but he seemed fashed and impatient.

2. tr. To trouble, annoy, bother, inconvenience, vex. Gen.Sc. Also in Eng. dial. Inv. 1715  Steuart Letter-Bk. (S.H.S.) 3:
I am very much fashed with the Earl of Murrays farm of Pettie.
Sc. 1757  Smollett Reprisal ii. i.:
We should na be fash'd with a' this din.
Sc. 1818  Scott H. Midlothian i.:
They are like wasps — they stang only them that fashes them.
wm.Sc. 1868  Laird of Logan 298:
I was sair fashit with the dounricht lies that were told against me.
Wgt. 1880  G. Fraser Lowland Lore 101:
They tormented him sair, but they'll fash him nae mair.
Fif. 1899  “S. Tytler” Miss Nanse x.:
It is not what is honourable or dishonourable, it is the world's judgment which fashes Thomas.
Ork. 1912  Old-Lore Misc. V. ii. 67:
Pity thee wit, Bruicie (at was da factor) 'ill never fash thee for a ting.
Abd. 1928  Abd. Weekly Jnl. (29 Nov.) 6:
He pores mair ower a dictionar' nor I can be fasht deein'.
Slg. 1932  W. D. Cocker Poems 140:
But deil tak' the thowless pretender's assumption That says he could dae things, but canna be fashed!

3. refl. or quasi-refl. To put (oneself) about, to vex, bother, disturb (oneself). Gen.Sc. Also in n.Eng. dial. Freq. in phrs., to fash one's beard, heid, lug, noddle, thoom, etc., gen. in neg. sentences = to pay no heed. Sc. 1725  Ramsay Gentle Shep. iii. ii.:
Howe'er I get them, never fash your Beard.
Edb. a.1774  R. Fergusson Poems (1925) 86:
Ne'er fash your thumb what gods decree.
Sc. 1816  Scott Black Dwarf i.:
Never fash your head about the changes o' the warld, sae lang as ye're blithe and bien yoursell.
Ayr. 1823  Galt Entail iv.:
Howsever, cousin, ne'er fash your thumb, Glasgow's on the thrive.
Rnf. 1870  J. Nicholson Idylls 122:
Sae never fash your lug, guidwife, aboot our rogies three.
Kcb. 1885  A. J. Armstrong Friend and Foe 337:
Never ye fash yer noddle, but gie me the letter.
Ork. 1929  Old-Lore Misc. IX. ii. 76:
Da common gallows hedna trift an' deudna fash 'imsel tae fitch aff o' 'is peerie creepie.
Slg. 1932  W. D. Cocker Poems 60:
But folk maun clash — ne'er heed sic havers, Nor fash yer thoom wi' country clavers.

4. tr. To bother oneself about, heed. Rare. Ayr. 1786  Burns To James Smith v.:
For me, an aim I never fash; I rhyme for fun.

5. tr. To meddle with, disturb. Rxb. 1951 4 :
Dinna fash thae eggs in case ye break them.

6. tr. To afflict, with a disease or the like. Also fig. Sc. 1719  Ramsay Poems (S.T.S.) I. 127:
Then let the Doofarts, fash'd wi' Spleen, Cast up the wrang Side of their Een.
Edb. 1772  R. Fergusson Poems (1925) 15:
Ye tiplers, open a' your poses, Ye wha are faush'd wi' plouky noses.
Ayr. 1785  Burns Holy Willie's Prayer vi.:
At times I'm fash'd wi' fleshly lust.
Rnf. 1805  R. Tannahill Poems (1876) 103:
Ye're never fasht wi whisky fever, Nor dizzy pow, nor dulness ever.
Sc. 1825  Wilson Noctes Amb. (1855) I. 27:
Like auld maidens fash'd wi' the vapours.
Mry. 1873  J. Brown Round Table Club 312:
Eppie . . . is sodly fash't wi' the roomatics, peer body.
wm.Sc. 1934  “Uncle Tom” Mrs Goudie's Tea-Pairty 30:
I'm whiles fashed wi' whit the doctor says is spine in the back.

7. intr. (for refl.). (1) to trouble, bother oneself, to take pains. Gen.Sc. Edb. 1773  R. Fergusson Poems (1925) 83:
Careless o' mair, wha never fash To lade their Kist wi' useless Cash.
Rnf. 1806  R. Tannahill Poems (1876) 121:
Else, wha the deil wad fash to scribble, Expecting scorn for a' his trouble?
Sc. 1816  Scott Black Dwarf iii.:
To gang to seek for evil that's no fashing wi' you, is clean against law and Scripture.
Abd. 1824  G. Smith Douglas 114:
Do you mean to put tricks upon Johnny, When Johnny's nae fashin' wi' you.
Ork. 1880  Dennison Sketch-Bk. 22:
Ye need no fash.
Sc. 1886  Stevenson Kidnapped xviii.:
Man, they didnae stop to fash with me! Ye should have seen them linking for the beach!
Arg. 1907  N. Munro Daft Days xxix.:
“Ye needna fash to leave, Miss Dyce,” said she. “A'thing's settled.”

(2) With at, of: to be impatient with, intolerant of (Arg.3 1951); to grow weary of (Sc. 1808 Jam.). Sc. 1721  J. Kelly Proverbs 390:
You soon fash of a good Office; spoken of boys who are soon weary of what we bid them do.
Ayr. 1830  Galt Lawrie Todd v. ii.:
Aunty Hoskins who . . . had seen nothing of gentility, and fashed at courtesies.
Ayr. 1912  G. Cunningham Verse 7:
And I couldna put up wi' the weans . . . Dod, I mortally fashed at the weans.
Arg. 1948 1 :
Dae ye fash at the cowld?

II. n. 1. Trouble, pains; bother, annoyance; fuss, pother. Gen.Sc. Sc. 1714  Earls of Cromartie (ed. Fraser 1876) II. 151:
The fash of my bills was left on Mr Colt.
Ayr. 1794  Burns To the Toothache iv.:
The tricks o' knaves, or fash o' fools.
Edb. 1816  Scott O. Mortality iv.:
Clergy and captains can gie an unco deal o' fash in thae times, where they take an ill-will.
Abd. 1865  G. Macdonald Alec Forbes iv.:
It's a sweer thochtless way to gang to the Almichty wi' ilka fash.
Kcb. 1896  Crockett Grey Man xlvii.:
If you do not desire to hear the tale, then I am saved the fash of telling it.
Sh. 1906  T. P. Ollason Spindrift 85:
Oh, fy be apon it, dis fash never endin'; Da wishin' o' lame, an' da slav'ry an' slester.
Arg. 1914  N. Munro New Road xxviii.:
I thought him unco tousy in the kilts for girls to make such fash about.
Ags. 1915  V. Jacob Songs of Angus 4:
When I'm auld an' done wi' the fash o' their English ways.
Rxb. 1925  E. C. Smith Mang Howes 19:
Fit ti gar aa the trauchles an the fashes gang leike the snaw off the deike in a thowe.

2. A troublesome person, a human nuisance (Sc. 1808 Jam.; m.Lth.1, wm.Sc.1 1951). Mry. 1914  H. J. Warwick Tales from the Toon 24:
To the deputy's “A'm collectin' — for Mrs Spence,” the butcher's worthy lady would reply — “Mrs Spence! Imphm! She's jeist a fash.”

[O.Sc. fas(c)h, tr. from 1540, intr. from 1592. Fr. fâcher, O.F. fascher, to annoy, weary.]

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