Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

from 1976 supplement

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GET, v. B. 8. Add: get off, an excuse, a pretext. Cf. Eng. let-out, id. Slk. a.1837  Hogg Tales II. 311:
Weel I ken that's a get-off, for fear I bring her to your door.

(8) Add quot.: Abd. 1794  Session Papers, Presb. Garioch v. Shepherd App. 5:
She got out with a burst of tears.

9. Phrases. Add: to get on to be, —on for, to get a job as, be promoted to be. Gen.Sc. Ags. 1823  A. Balfour Foundling II. 95:
I've nae doubt o' gettin' him on to be a ganger.
em.Sc.   (b) 1898 H. Rogers Meggotsbrae 292:
The like o' him that's gotten on to be a professor an a' that.
Abd. 1925  D. Scott Hum. Sc. Stories 71:
He got on for a foreman wi big wauges.

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