Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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FLET, n.2 Also flett.

1. A house, a residence. Only in phr. to have neither fire nor flett, to be in utter destitution (Ags. 1808 Jam.).

2. “The inward part of a house, as opposed to the outward or principal part, the benhouse” (Sc. 1808 Jam.). Sc. 1721 J. Kelly Proverbs 24:
A fair Fire makes a room [roomy] Flett. Because it makes People sit at a Distance.
Abd. 1768 A. Ross Marri'd and Woo'd an' a, viii.:
Tho' ye sud do nae mair ava, But sit i' the flet like a midden, An' for your necessities ca'.

[O.Sc. has flet, = 2., c.1420, fire and flet, fire and house-room, 1565. The proverb under 2. is found in Fergusson's Sc. Proverbs (1641). O.E. flett, floor, dwelling, house, O.N. flet, id.]

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