Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
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First published 1965 (SND Vol. VI).
OUTFA, n. Also ootfa(l), utfa(a) (Sh.). Sc. forms and usages of Eng. outfall:
1. A quarrel, a falling out (Sc. 1808 Jam.; Cai. 1903 E.D.D.; Sh. 1914 Angus Gl.; Uls. 1953 Traynor; Sh. 1964).Ags. 1823 A. Balfour Foundling II. iii.:
I wadna said a cheep about it, had it no been that baith o' you appeared so very ignorant concerning their outfa's.Sh. 1950 New Shetlander No. 22. 41:
Tirval hed ta step in to poor oil ipo da troubled waters, an' sae pit an end ta da ootfaa.
2. A fall of rain, sleet, or snow.Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 120:
We hid an unco oot-fa' o' rain a' last oock.
3. The ebb-tide (Sh. a.1838 Jam. MSS. XII. 169, 1914 Angus Gl.; Ork. 1929 Marw.; Sh. 1964).
4. A chance incident or occurrence, an incidental.Ayr. 1835 Galt in Tait's Mag. (Dec.) 778:
She should leave some change always for outfalls, ready in a stroupless teapot that we keepit for the purpose.Dmf. 1863 R. Quinn Heather Lintie 125:
A peerie, bullet-gun, or spoon . . . Whilk couped the ink my sheets aboon, Wi' sic ootfa's As maun beset the kitchen bard.
†6. The first salmon falling from the net after a haul.Dmf. 1769 Nithsdale Baron Ct. Bk. MS. 107:
[They] have always been in use to have the Privilege of the first outfall of Draughts.
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