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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).
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FLIM, n. A film (m.Lth. 1940 per Fif.13), a mist rising from the ground. Hence something unsubstantial, illusory or of no account.Kcb. 1806 J. Train Poet. Reveries 101:
'Twas not wild haggard fancy's flims, Teazing a lover's brains.
Ayr. 1824 A. Crawford Tales of my Grandmother I. 159:
Their steeds were o' the thistle down That floats upon the autumn sky — Their bridle reins the summer flim That mocks the idle gazer's eye.
Inv. 1849 J. Paterson Royal Visit 81:
For jeers he doesna care a flim His spirits ne'er are dampit.

[A met. form of Eng. film.]

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"Flim n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 5 Feb 2023 <>



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