Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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FORROW, adv. In reserve, in hand, in readiness for use. Also comb. forrow-hand, id. (Ork.2 1953). [′fɔro(′hɑnd)] Ork. 1880  Dennison Sketch-Bk. 135:
The meal wus deun, the keil wus ga'n, — O I hed naethin' forrow!
Ork. 1929  Marw.:
He always keeped anither horse forrow hand.

[See note to Forra and cf. O.N. fyrir, adv., at hand, present, fyrir hndum, id.]

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