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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).
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FRANDIE, n., v. Also frandy. [′frɒ:ndi]

I. n. A small rick of hay or corn sheaves, “such as a man standing on the ground can build” (Fif. 1825 Jam., 1869 J. Morton Cycl. Agric. II. 722; Per., Fif. 1953).Per. 1952:
They're whiles caad Aichilfrandies, because fermers up in the Ochils get their late craps dried out better whan they big the wee ricks.

II. v. To build hay or corn in small ricks (Fif. 1953).

[Prob. a dim. formation from the phr. fra hand, because they are low enough to be built from the hand without any lifting implement. Cf. hand-hut, -rick, s.v. Hand.]

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