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IN O, prep. comb. Also inno, inna, in a; in i' (I.Sc., Rxb.); in ov (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.), in(n)en (ne.Sc.). [′ɪno, ′ɪnə]

1. Of motion or rest: in (Cld. 1825 Jam.), into, within, inside (Abd. Ib.; Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928); Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.; Ork. 1929 Marw.; Sh., ne.Sc., Ags., m.Lth., Bwk., Uls. 1958). Phr. to come in o, to get used to. Ayr. 1790 J. Fisher Poems 112:
I laid them in a my king's-hood Wi' gude fresh butter.
Slk. 1822 Hogg Perils of Man I. 79:
You twa masters are to sleep thegither in here, — in o' this gude bed, ye see, an' the twa lads in o' this ane.
Sc. 1827 C. I. Johnstone Eliz. de Bruce II. xii.:
Ye will find the place eerie and lonesome at first, but ye will soon come in o' that.
Rnf. 1835 D. Webster Rhymes 20:
Hey for the kintry o' cakes, Hey for the heroes that's in o't.
Ags. 1866 D. Mitchell Hist. Montrose 40:
There was a shillin' shot in a mi' lufe.
Abd. 1871 W. Alexander Johnny Gibb xiv.:
I was in'o Kirkie's tent gettin' a share o' a gill wi' a cheelie.
Abd. 1951 Buchan Observer (6 Nov.):
That steady-going chiel had done geyan weel to be noo gaun inen a bit placie o's nain.

2. Closely engrossed in (something) (Abd. 1958); in close proximity to (someone). Abd. 1755 R. Forbes Jnl. from London 27:
Or e'en to sit ben inno the guidman upo' the best bink o' the house.
Abd. 1825 Jam.:
“I'm inno my wark,” I have sufficient work to do; or, I am earnestly engaged in it.

[IN + O = on. The second element is confused, as freq., with O = of, hence in ov.]

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