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First published 1971 (SND Vol. VIII).

SHORE, v., n.6 Also shoar; shuir, shoor (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.). [ʃo:r]

I. v. 1. tr. and intr. (1) To threaten, bode unpleasant consequences (for), use menaces (to) (Sc. 1808 Jam.); to drive an animal away with shouts, to scare off, shoo (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.). Vbl.n. shoaring, a threat.Sc. 1715 Ramsay Poems (S.T.S.) I. 67:
With her fatal Knife shored she would geld him.
Sc. 1748 Ramsay Poems (S.T.S.) III. 265:
Let Lairds of Lockerby take tent How they their paughty Shoarings vent.
Ayr. 1786 Burns To G. Hamilton (3 May):
Ye'll catechise him every quirk, An' shore him weel wi' “Hell”.
Dmf. 1810 R. Cromek Remains 98:
The Gleds might pyked her at the dyke, Before the lads wad shored them off her.
Kcb. 1814 W. Nicholson Tales 75:
Age an' poortith sairly shore him.
Sc. 1817 Scott Rob Roy xxix.:
Shored folk live lang.
Ags. 1867 G. W. Donald Poems 68:
Ye shor'd's wi' sic a claggie Spring.
e.Lth. 1892 J. Lumsden Sheep Head 143:
If ane pat aff — faith, Robin than Shored her the law!
Rxb. 1925 E. C. Smith Mang Howes 17:
There the perr [of hills] stand, leike as they war glunshin an shuirrin doon at aabodie that wad middle thum.

(2) Specif., tr. or intr. with for, o', of weather: to threaten (rain or snow), to become overcast or threatening. Also in n.Eng. dial.Sc. 1728 Ramsay Poems (S.T.S.) II. 22:
Yon sooty Cloud shores Rain.
Lth., Cld., s.Sc. 1808–25 Jam.:
It is said of a day that looks very gloomy that it shores rain. Used impersonally, denoting that rain is about to fall; as, “It's shorin.”
Lnk. a.1832 W. Watt Poems (1860) 34:
The cauld win' louder blew, Shorin' o' drift.
Slk. 1875 Border Treasury (10 April) 418:
There's nae greater sign o' drooth than when it aye shores for rain an' disna come on.

2. tr. To scold, upbraid, rail at (Sc. 1825 Jam.; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.; Sh. 1970).Ayr. 1790 Burns Prologue 50:
Like good mithers, shore before ye strike.
Peb. 1805 J. Nicol Poems I. 151:
Then he begude to kiss her lips, An' she begude to shoar him.
Sc. 1826 H. Duncan W. Douglas I. ix.:
He shoart them weel for meddling wi' their ain freens.
Abd. 1868 W. Shelley Wayside Flowers 66:
She skirls even en-ways, and shores a' the house.

3. To urge or incite, to hound (a dog) (Dmf. 1894 Trans. Dmf. and Gall. Antiq. Soc. 154).Dmf. 1825 Jam.:
To shore a dog to or till, to hound a dog on cattle or sheep. To shore off or aff, to recall a dog from pursuing cattle or sheep.
s.Sc. 1897 E. Hamilton Outlaws xi.:
1 could hear Sim shoring them on to gar die the whale ruck o' the men-folk.

4. To offer, present with as a mark of favour.Ayr. 1787 Burns Bruar Water 22:
A panegyric rhyme, I ween, Even as I was he shor'd me.
Sc. 1842 D. Vedder Poems 88:
A compliment kindly and decently shored.
Per. 1897 R. M. Fergusson Village Poet 144:
Every eye directed to the lord, Who shored the Blair folks this sublime oration.

5. Appar. to make for, head in a certain direction, a rare or erron. usage.Rnf. 1813 G. McIndoe Wandering Muse 102:
Then, home to bed he shor'd.

II. n. A threat, menace.Peb. 1793 R. D. C. Brown Comic Poems (1817) 170:
Though fiercely summoned to dislodge, Oft both with bribe and shore.

[O.Sc. schoyr, menace, 1375, schore, to threaten, a.1400. Of uncertain orig. N.E.D. compares O.Sc. schoir, of a crag: steep, beetling (1375), from the root of shear.]

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