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FORHOO, v. Also †forhou, †-how, forehoo; †furhoo, †-how; for(e)hooie, -(e)y, †-hui (mostly ne.Sc.). To forsake, abandon, esp. of a bird deserting its nest (Sc. 1710 T. Ruddiman Gl. to Douglas Aeneis; n.Sc. 1808 Jam.; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B., forhow; ne.Sc., m.Lth., Peb. 1953). [m.Sc. fər′hu:, ne.Sc. + -′hu:i, s.Sc. -′hʌu] Abd. 1755 R. Forbes Ajax 16:
Yet few will say, it was nae fau't That he did him furhow [see Forvoo].
Abd. 1790 A. Shirrefs Poems 42:
How can ye think, I ever wad agree, To tak' a man, that may forhui me?
Slk. 1813 Hogg Queen's Wake 181:
And the merl and the maives forehooit their yung.
Dmf. 1820 Blackwood's Mag. (Aug.) 518:
Whan the ravens forhou the Morisons' Ha' The Morisons' back sall be dung to the wa'.
ne.Sc. 1881 Gregor Folk-Lore 142:
It was believed that handling any bird's eggs in the nest made the bird desert (“forhooie”) them.
Fif. 1894 J. Geddie Fringes of Fife 116:
But it is more probable that the poor spook, disturbed by the unwonted clatter and stir, has forhooeyed the old red house.
Bnff. 1939 J. M. Caie Hills and Sea 28:
For she'd forsaken her lover true An' she'd forhooiet the birken tree.

[O.Sc. forhow, id., 1513, O.E. forhogian, to despise, ignore.]

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