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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V).

HO, n. Also hoy. Found only in phr. nae (idder, ither) ho(y) but, no (other) choice, no hope but (Abd. 1957).Abd. 1824 G. Smith Douglas 17:
An' there's nae ho, but now I maun be his.
Abd. 1880 G. Webster Crim. Officer 31:
I hed nae ho but serve a criminal libel on Moir an' 's wife.
Abd. 1952 Buchan Observer (13 May):
I see nae idder hoy for't but tae get redd o' the wife!

[Orig. due to assimilation of the consonants in hope but into hobbut [′hobbət > ′hobət] with later wrong division as ho but.]

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