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First published 1974 (SND Vol. IX).
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SWAY, n. Also swey. Reduced forms of Eng. swathe, the row of cuts of grass made by a scythe (Per. 1915 Wilson L. Strathearn 269, swey; em.Sc. (a), wm. and s.Sc. 1972). Also in n.Eng. dial. [swe:, Per., Slg. swɑe]Knr. 1813 J. Bruce The Farmer 14:
You'll cut it [hay] down without delay, Ne'er let it yellow i' the sway, But tent it right.

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"Sway n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 25 May 2024 <>



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