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First published 1965 (SND Vol. VI). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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MANISH, v. Also mannish; mani(e)s (Sh. 1900 Shetland News (30 June)); mainage (Cai. 1872 M. Maclennan Peasant Life 69). Sc. forms and usages of Eng. manage (Rxb. 1847 J. Halliday Rustic Bard 294; Ags. 1894 J. B. Salmond My Man Sandy (1899) 45; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.; Sh. 1947 Sh. Folk Bk. (Tait) I. 71; I.Sc., Kcd., Ags., Kcb. 1962). Hence manishment, management (Watson).

Sc. form of Eng. manage.Sc. 1995 David Purves Hert's Bluid 18:
but the'r sum fowk
that nevir lairn this lesson richt,
that downa thole realitie,
that nevir mainage man's estate ...

Sc. usages:

1. tr. or absol., with ellipse of verb of motion: to succeed in reaching (a given destination) (Uls. 1953 Traynor). Gen.Sc.Ayr. 1882 A. L. Orr Laigh Flichts 14:
Jack managed hame, the how or why, He kenn'd the best himsel'.
Dmf. 1894 R. Reid Poems 197:
For juist as I managed the Wingate braeheid the black clud broke wi' a roar.
Sc. 1932 MS. Letter:
I hope you'll manage back next year.

2. To keep supplied, be sufficient for, last out for (Sh. 1962).Sc. 1888 Scotsman (21 Sept.):
They gave us provisions and tobacco which managed us all the railway passage.

[For development of [ʃ] from [dȝ], cf. Damish, and Watson W.-B. intro. § 20. c.]

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