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MISCAIRRY, v. Sc. form and usages of Eng. miscarry (Abd. 1884 D. Grant Keckleton 70). [mɪs′kere]

1. tr. To fail to obtain (the object of one's desire), to miss. Sc. c.1700  Bony Lizzie Baillie in
Child Ballads No. 227. 11:
O bonny Duncan Grahame, Why should ye me miscarry? For, if you have a love for me, We'll meet at Castle Cary.
Abd. 1768  A. Ross Works (S.T.S.) 154:
He'll roose her but sma' that has married her, Now when he's gotten her a', And wish, I fear, he had miscarri'd her, Tocher and ribbons and a'.

2. Of an unmarried woman: to be pregnant (Sh. 1963). Hence miscarriage. Sc. 1733  W. Thomson Orpheus Caledonius II. 83:
Better to marry, than miscarry.
Abd. 1853  W. Cadenhead Flights 213:
Speak, speak nae to me o' the blessings o' marriage, . . . Or to screen wi' palaver some haverel's miscarriage.
Abd. 1870  :
“Was ye ever mairriet, Janet?” “Never, nor yet miscairriet.”

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