Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

from 1976 supplement

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BLINK, n.1 Add: 9. A gleam or glimmer of light, esp. of sunshine between clouds. Gen.Sc. Rare and chiefly dial. in Eng. Adj. blinkie, of a day of alternating sunny spells and overcast skies (Fif. 1975). For hairst blink see Hairst, I. 2. (2). Sc. 1716 Analecta Scot. (Maidment 1837) II. 1777:
The sune was shyning on them but the blink was wattery, lyk that befor rain.
Sc. 1818 Scott H. Midlothian xi.:
Like blue-bottle flies in a blink of sunshine.

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