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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).

FORLEGEN, ppl.adj. Also -in, -lagen. Utterly worn out, completely exhausted, weak after violent exertion, of persons and animals (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928); Ork. 1929 Marw.; Sh., Ork. 1953). [fɔr′le:gən]Sh. 1898 Shet. News (31 Dec.):
Afore we cam ta da kirk yaard we wir dat forlagen 'at we hed ta set da kist apo' da gründ an' rest wis.

[The form corresponds to Norw., Dan. forlegen, embarrassed, perplexed, Du. verlagen, stale, soiled, abashed. The semantic development may be due to the influence of Norse usages as in Faer. leggjask firi, to become exhausted, O.N. leggjask fyrir, to give up hope. Cf. laid afore, s.v. Lay.]

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