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First published 1965 (SND Vol. VI).
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LOFE, v., n. Also loave, and vocalised form low (Jam.). [n. lof; v. lo:v]

I. v. To offer at a price either in buying or selling (Lnk. 1825 Jam.); hence to offer a smaller price than has been asked: to haggle about the price of a thing (Lth. 1825 Jam.).Ib.:
What did ye mak by loavin' my beast?

II. n. An offer.Dmf.3 1920:
I never got the lofe o' meat.

[O.Sc. lofe, praise, a.1400, love, to praise, 1375, to appraise, 1595, Mid.Eng. lofe, praise, price, loven, O.E. lofian, to praise, to appraise, set a price on.]

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