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First published 1965 (SND Vol. VI).

OKREGERT, n. Also okkra-, okkre-, okri-, ocri-, -gjert, -girt, -gaard, -gord, -garth. A piece of pasture-land within the farm-dyke; more commonly, a field of stubble to which the animals are admitted to graze after the crop has been cleared (Sh. a.1838 Jam. MSS. XII. 162, 1908 Jak. (1928), 1914 Angus Gl.). Phr. to slip de okregert, to leave the field open for this purpose (Jak.). [′okrəg(j)ɛrt]Sh. 1908 Old-Lore Misc. I. vii. 268:
“Slippin da okkragert” was a common phrase, now losing all its meaning. “Okkragert” is enclosed land that has had a crop on it, and when the harvest was all “idda yaurds” the “hill-grinds” were removed, and the creatures from the common were allowed the run of the “toon”.
Sh. 1922 J. Inkster Mansie's Röd 143:
What's ta come o' wir bit o' crop if hit's no in whin idders slip da okrigaard?
Sh. 1939 A. C. O'Dell Hist. Geog. Sh. 58:
After the hairst . . . the “grinds” were opened (“slippin' da ocrigirt”), and the animals were allowed to wander in from the hills to glean all the fodder they could.

[O.N. akr(a)gerði, enclosure of arable land.]

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