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JOIN, v., n. Also jine; †jown (Fif. 1862 St Andrews Gazette (25 July)). Sc. usages. [The usual pronunciation is dʒəin as in 17–18th c. Eng. See P.L.D. § 46. For jown [dʒʌun], see Bowl, v.1, Dowtit, etc.]

I. v. 1. intr. To become a communicant of a particular religious denomination, esp. in ppl.phr. a jined member, a communicant. Gen.Sc. Occas. tr. of a minister: to admit to church membership. Edb. 1886  R. F. Hardy Within a Mile 16:
Me, that . . . was ane o' the vera first o' their jined members.
Ags. 1907 18 :
A wis the lest that Master MacGillivray jined tae 'e kirk afore your faither cam.
sm.Sc. 1923  R. W. Mackenna Bracken and Thistledown vii.:
She's a reg'lar attender, but she's no' a j'ined member.
Sc. 1935  D. Rorie Lum Hat 68:
Onybody hearin' ye 'ull hae a bonny tale to tell An' you a jined member o' the Kirk!

2. To commence work (Uls. 1880 Patterson Gl.; m.Lth.1, Arg.3 1959). Also phr. to join fur till, to begin to (Uls. 1924 Northern Whig (Feb.)). Uls. 1924  Northern Whig (5 Jan.):
“He has joined his work”, commenced his work.

II. n. 1. The clubbing together of several persons in order to obtain money to purchase drink; also the persons so doing (Uls. 1880 Patterson Gl.) and hence a social gathering, treat, or outing (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B. 341; Bnff. 1959). Lnk. 1864  J. Greenshields Lesmahagow 236:
Nor did the evil rest here; these stoppages being usually the prelude to “whisky joins” and drinking brawls, so much more common at that time than now.
Abd. 1865  J. Dinnie Hist. Birse 62:
After consuming a good dinner and several “cups of nappie ale” each, they naturally conjectured that a “jine” would not be out of the question.
Ags. 1873  T. Watson Poems, etc. 38:
Let's hae a join o' tippence a piece.
Abd. 1910  J. Grant Legends 101:
The first “jine” so rejoiced the hearts of the company, that, belyve, a second, third, and fourth came off in quick succession.

2. An association of neighbours for some communal task (Uls. 1947 J. M. Mogey Rural Life Gl.). Uls. 1823  S. McSkimin Carrickfergus 243:
Each join has vats, tubs, pans, and the like implements, which are kept up at the expence of the whole.
Uls. 1880  Patterson Gl.:
A join [is] a number of farmers, gen. from eight to twelve who join together for the purpose of making cheese.

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