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First published 1968 (SND Vol. VII).
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PLENSHIN, n. Also plenchin, plension, -tion, planching. Planking, boarding, woodwork, esp. that of floors. Also in Eng. dial. Combs. plenshin(g)-nail, a large nail used for planking, a flooring nail (Sc. 1825 Jam., plenshing-; Sh. 1966) and in reduced form plenshing, id.Ags. 1702 R. Finlayson Arbroath Documents (1923) 18:
14¼ hunder Plention nailes at 6s the hunder.
Mry. 1732 W. Cramond Ch. Birnie (1903) 20:
3000 double plenshin for sarking, making doors mending pulpit . . . £15.
Per. 1735 J. Meikle Hist. Alyth Church (1933) 174:
Mention is made . . . of “single plensions”, that is to say, malleable sharp door-nails shorter than double plensions.
Arg. 1914 N. Munro New Road viii.:
They could hear the Captain walking on the planching of the room above them.

[O.Sc. plenching naille, 1640, Mid.Eng. planching nail, from planch, now only dial., a plank. Cf. Plensher.]

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