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First published 1971 (SND Vol. VIII).
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SHOOT, v., n. Also schute, shute (Sc. 1831 S.E. Ferrier Destiny I. xix.), shuit (Gsw. 1862 J. Gardner Jottiana 31), syute (Abd. 1930 Abd. Univ. Review (March) 104). Sc. forms and usages of Eng. suit (Ags. 1826 A. Balfour Highland Mary III. 16). Adj. shootable, shuitable (Abd. 1880 W. Robbie Yonderton 43, 1935 M. C. Wilson Souter's Sujaistions 13). See S, 6. [ʃut]

I. v. 1. To please, give pleasure to (ne.Sc., Ags. 1970), esp. in ppl.adjs. shootit, pleased, delighted; shuitin, suiting, suitable, comp. shuitener (Mry., Abd. 1921 T.S.D.C.); used refl., to please oneself. Gen.Sc.Mry. 1897 J. Mackinnon Braefoot Sk. 19:
Ye couldna lichit upon a shuitiner han' than mysel.
Abd. 1923 Swatches o' Hamespun 57:
He wis awfu' shootit 'at I cud pit up sic a weel-faurt ruck.
Abd.7 1938:
When the Scottish captain argued some point with his English employer, the captain shocked the latter by leaving him with the remark, “Weel, weel, ye can shoot yersel an' I'll shoot mysel”.
Bnff. 1958 Banffshire Jnl. (1 April):
Wullie Forbiss seemed tae be rale weel shuitit wi' himsel' an' Tibbie.

2. Comb.: shoot-stick, schute-stock, suit-, a bevel or adjustable square used by masons or joiners (Abd. 1825 Jam.; n.Sc. 1970).Sc. 1784 J. Small Ploughs 108:
The use of this instrument [protractor] is similar to that of the common suit-stock, used by carpenters and joiners.
Lnk. 1811 Farmer's Mag. (Aug.) 343:
The twist is regulated by a common bevel, or suitstock.
Bnff. a.1829 J. Sellar Poems (1844) 71:
Your square like any shoot-stick false.

II. n. As in Eng., a suit of clothes (Rxb. c.1800 Mem. S. Sibbald (Hett 1926) 152, shute; Sc. 1824 Wilson Noctes Amb. (1855) IV. 84; wm.Sc. 1889 J. C. Alston West Coast Ball. 2; Abd. 1929 J. Alexander Mains & Hilly 6, 1968 Huntly Express (11 Oct.) 2).

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