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GET, v. A. 2. Sc. form of Eng. got pa.t. (goat Cai., Abd., Ags., Fif., Edb., Gsw., Ayr., Dmf. 2000s). Gsw. 1990  John and Willy Maley From the Calton to Catalonia 1:
When they three goat thegither an came up against the Spanish workers, they didnae expect the Calton tae offer handers.
m.Sc. 1992  Alison Kermack in Elizabeth Burns et al. Original Prints Four 32:
He goat the idea offy the telly. Heard oan the news this Chinese boy hudd ritten 2000 characters oan a singul grainy rice.
Edb. 1994  Irvine Welsh Acid House 81:
Whit's it the gadge thit took us fir the ONC at Telford College sais? The maist important skill in any trade is accurate problem diagnosis. Ah goat a fuckin distinction, ah pointed at masel.
m.Sc. 1994  Martin Bowman and Bill Findlay Forever Yours, Marie-Lou 5:
You wakened me when ye goat up this moarnin.
w.Lth. 2000  Davie Kerr A Puckle Poems 5:
An things wur gaun that wey,
ye wurnae shair o yir pey
an the wife goat a new colour telly
an wellies for oor wee Ellie
an fish suppers fae the tallies

A. 3. Add variants goat, gote. Sc. form of Eng. got pa.p.Gsw. 1967  Stephen Mulrine in Moira Burgess and Hamish Whyte Streets of Stone (1985) 132:
'Missus Shaw says Ah've goat a wee brurra.'
Gsw. 1975  John Quigley King's Royal 58:
'It's aw right for you, but ah've goat to get this kert up the hill.'
Dundee 1991  Ellie McDonald The Gangan Fuit 11:
Laddie, my laddie,
nae words o mine,
wrocht in this course land,
whaur nocht is gotten
wi'ooten pain,
cud ever match
sic sangs o luv
that skail frae safter leids.
m.Sc. 1992  Iain Banks The Crow Road (1993) 148:
'Aye, an' ah'll tell ye why, tae, but ye've goat tae promise no tae tell anybudy.'
m.Sc. 1996  John Murray Aspen 17:
Daith isnae
kennin hou ye mairked oor faimlie's dwyne
wi fadit cuttins gotten fae the Scotsman.
Dundee 1996  Matthew Fitt Pure Radge 3:
whar's thair chanters
thai'v no gote ony chanters
hou kin thai be scottish
if thai'v no gote ony chanters
Abd. 1996  Sheena Blackhall Wittgenstein's Web 4:
God, mebbe Betty, their sister hid gotten hirsel bairned on purpose tae get hersel wed ...
wm.Sc. 1998  Alan Warner The Sopranos (1999) 210:
Must admit, that's some joint yuv goat on ya, what's that stuff? smiled Chell.

B. 5. (1) Add quots.: Ags. 1990s  :
I couldna get: I was unable to go.
Edb. 2003  :
The ither bairns wanted tae gaun tae the pictures but Ah couldnae get.

B. 5. (2)
Add quots.: Gsw. 1972  Molly Weir Best Foot Forward (1974) 119:
'Whit is it? Can ah get seein' it?'
Gsw. 1991  Margaret Sinclair Windae Hingin' and Busker Singin' 20:
Come up fur yer tea wean, ah'll no tell ye again,
If ye don't heed ma warning', nae mair will ye get playin'.
Abd. 1993  :
I couldna get sleepit.

B. 9. (5) Add to defin.: Also of children (to get up), to become older.(Sh., Bnff., Ags., Edb., Ayr., Rxb. 2000s).
Add quots.: wm.Sc. 1980  Anna Blair The Rowan on the Ridge 62:
"The bairns'll ha'e space to grow here forby, noo they're gettin' up," ...
wm.Sc. 1985  William McIlvanney The Big Man (1987) 73:
'Two weans with her. They're gettin' up.'

B. Add: B. 10. gettin(g), gittin, gotten, following an adj., Becoming. (Sh., Ork., Cai., Bnff., Abd., Ags., Fif., Edb., Gsw., Ayr., Dmf., Rxb. 2000s).Gsw. 1980  Alex Hamilton in Moira Burgess and Hamish Whyte Streets of Stone (1985) 44:
'Naw,' shi goes, aw impatiunt gettin. 'Naw, naw. No sumhin diffrint, mibbe — sumhin missin.'
Gsw. 1985  Michael Munro The Patter 29:
gettin Becoming. Interesting because it can appear at the end of a statement: 'She's awfy cheeky gettin' ie 'She's becoming very cheeky.'
Sc. 1995  David Purves Hert's Bluid 26:
"A'm a richt auld wyfie, gittin," said his mither,
an whan Andrae gliskit, richt aneuch,
the war mair nor a bit o the kerlin about hir:
em.Sc. 2000  James Robertson The Fanatic 244:
'Aye. Nor I. I'm auld gettin, I ken that. I'd be gaun tae God sune onywey. D'ye believe there's a God, John?'

B. Add: B. 11. To accompany.wm.Sc. 1984  Agnes Owens Gentlemen of the West 85:
...was what I thought until I got Big Joe along the road to the site on Monday morning.
Gsw. 1985  Michael Munro The Patter 29:
get ... Another meaning is to accompany or escort: 'Hang on a wee minute and I'll get you down the road.'
Edb. 1991  :
I'll get you down the stairs. We can carry the box thegither.
Edb. 1995  Irvine Welsh Marabou Stork Nightmares (1996) 154:
Ah'll git ye doon the road, Kim, ah've goat some records tae droap oaf roond tae Bri, eh. I held up the Adidas bag.

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