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SELL, v. A. Sc. forms: Pa.t. sa(u)ld (Edb. 1720 A. Pennecuik Helicon 83, sauld; Sc. 1725 Ramsay Gentle Shep. ii. i., sald; Kcb. 1814 W. Nicholson Poems 26; Sc. 1817 Scott Rob Roy xxvii.; Rnf. 1846 W. Finlay Poems 188; Abd. 1851 W. Anderson Rhymes 205; e.Lth. 1885 S. Mucklebackit Rural Rhymes 233, Sh. 1969, sald), sa(u)l (Abd. 1882 G. MacDonald Castle Warlock xiii., 1891 Trans. Bch. Field Club II. 13, sal, 1929 J. Alexander Mains and Hilly 21); selled (Sc. 1721 Ramsay Poems (S.T.S.) I. 189; Rxb. 1821 A. Scott Poems 180; Sc. 1824 Scott Redgauntlet Let. xiii.; Ags. 1899 W. L. Watson Sir Sergeant v.; Sh. 1922 J. Inkster Mansie's Röd 13; Bwk. 1942 Wettstein; Rxb. 1942 Zai); sel(l)t (Edb. 1773 Fergusson Poems (S.T.S.) II. 88; Ayr. 1786 Burns To his Auld Mare xv.; Bnff. 1887 W. M. Philip Covedale 172; Dmf. 1899 Country Schoolmaster (Wallace) 372, Fif. 1912 County Folk-Lore VII. 143; Lnk. 1923 G. Rae 'Mang Lowland Hills 42; Per., Fif., Lth., Ayr. 1915–26 Wilson; Rxb. 1942 Zai; ne.Sc. 1969). [sl(d), sɑ:l; sɛld, sɛlt, the last now being the Gen.Sc. form.] Pa.p. sa(u)ld (m.Lth. 1811 H. MacNeill Bygane Times 38, sald; Sc. 1818 Scott H. Midlothian xvii.; Rxb. 1833 A. Hall Sc. Borderer (1874) 32; Knr. 1878 J. L. Robertson Poems 77; Abd. 1894 Mrs Jackson Bundle of Stories 90; Ags. 1907 Rymour Club Misc. 48; Sh. 1969, sald), saal (Abd. 1882 W. Forsyth Writings 152), ¶sale (Abd. 1826 Fair Maid of Wellington in Child Ballads (1956) V. 228); sel(le)d (Edb. 1773 Fergusson Poems (S.T.S.) II. 212; Sc. 1784 Hobie Noble in Child Ballads No. 189. ii., 1815 Scott Guy M. xii.; Abd. 1832 W. Scott Poems 53; Kcb. 1893 Crockett Stickit Minister i.; Ags. 1894 J. B. Salmond Bawbee Bowden (1922) 17; Bwk. 1942 Wettstein), sel(l)t (Abd. 1764 Rec. Old Abd. (S.C.) I. 197; Sc. 1827 Scott Two Drovers ii.; m.Lth. 1844 J. Ballantine Miller 46; wm.Sc. 1854 Laird of Logan 36; Ags. 1886 A. Willock Rosetty Ends 2; Per., Fif., Lth., Ayr. 1915–26 Wilson; ne.Sc. 1969). [†sl(d), sɑ:l sɛld, sɛlt]

B. Sc. usages in deriv. and phrs.: ¶1. sellrif, of goods: saleable, easy to sell. See -Rife. Cf. Salerife; 2. sellin swine, the name of a children's game in which a child with a piece of straw rope guards a row of peat-fragments from the rest of the players who try to snatch one and make off with the guard in pursuit. If the latter touched him with the rope before he reached safety, they had to change places. The name derives from a rhyme chanted at the beginning “I come fae da Hielans tae da Lowlans, sellin' sheep, gaislins and swine, A'm lost my peerie aalie paatie and I warran he's no amo dine” (Sh. 1969); 3. to sell, the infin. used pred.: for sale, to be sold. Gen.Sc. Rare in Eng. 1. Abd. 1804  W. Tarras Poems 92:
Sae weel's they'll point the sellrif stuff, Their stock's a' solid ware.
3. Sc. 1826  in Lockhart Scott lxxi.:
From the side of one projected a board, with this inscription, “To Sell”.

[O.Sc. selrife, 1517.]

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