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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).
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FEAST, n., v. Sc. phr. and comb.: †1. feasting-days, the Christmas — New Year festival, the Daft Days; †2. to have feast o', to have pleasure in (n.Sc. 1710 T. Ruddiman Gl. to Douglas Aeneis.).1. Sc. 1711 S.C. Misc. (1841) 198:
If the parliament sit on Tuesday . . . we cannot expect any time of his lordship till the feasting dayes fall in.

[For 2. cf. O.Sc. feste, good cheer (1375) and Douglas Aeneis iv. i. 66.]

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