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TWICE, adv. Also twise (Abd. 1877 G. MacDonald M. of Lossie xlvii.), twyse (Sh. 1951 Sh. Folk Book II. 63), twize (Ork. 1910 Old-Lore Misc. III. i. 30; I.Sc. 1973), tweize (Abd. 1955 W. P. Milne Eppie Elrick xxx.); and, as in Eng. dial., twic(e)t (Lnk. 1890 H. Muir Reminisc, 76; Ayr. 1927 J. Carruthers A Man Beset i. i.; Per., wm.Sc. 1973), twist (Arg. 1920 H. Foulis Vital Spark 143), twyst (Sc. 1887 Jam.). Sc. forms and usages. [twəis; I.Sc., Abd. + twɑez; wm.Sc. + twəist]

Sc. usages in phrs. and deriv.: 1. at twice, twice. Obs. exc. dial. in Eng.; 2. twiser, twiezer, a button in the game of Buttons, which was valued at two shots (Ags. 1921 T.S.D.C.), occas. of a marble sim. assessed (Ib.). See twaeock s.v. Twa, II. 1. (7); 3. the twice(t), for a second time (Abd., Fif., Dmb., Dmf. 1973). 1. Abd. 1884 Hatton Estate MSS.:
I would have the clay land coming in at twice instead of all in one year.
Abd. 1914 J. Leatham Daavit 16:
Ye'll better try me at twise.
2. Ags. 1887 J. McBain Arbroath 341:
The coterie who preferred buttons to bools were deeply versed in the mysteries of “twisers,” “twecks,” and “mites”.
3. Arg. 1931:
I tellt ye the wanst an' that's plenty: if I hev tae tell ye the twicet ye may look oot.

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"Twice adv.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 12 May 2021 <>



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