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UPLIFT, v., n. Sc. usages. [v. ʌp′lɪft; n. ′ʌplɪft]

I. v. 1. To dig up, harvest (potatoes and other root crops) (Sh. 1973), in comb. uplifting time, see quot. Cf. Lift, v., 1. (6). Fif. 1867 St Andrews Gazette (19 Oct.):
It would appear that there is no sin in taking potatoes at uplifting time, if only they can be had.

2. tr. or absol. of money: to collect, draw, take possession of, e.g. wages, dues, rents, taxes, forfeits, penalties (Sc. 1825 Jam.). Gen.Sc. Hence upliftable, adj., of money: due, leviable, to be collected; vbl.n. uplifting. Ork. 1701 A. W. Johnston Church in Ork. (1940) 64:
The elders willingly did undertak to uplift and collect in their several urislands.
Rxb. 1706 J. J. Vernon Par. Hawick (1900) 201:
Collectors for the uplifting and inbringing of the stent.
Edb. 1710 Burgh Rec. Edb. (1967) 193:
The sums are upliftable as oft as they be found and apprehended.
Per. 1760 A. G. M. MacGregor Hist. Clan Gregor (1901) 474:
In the yearly annual rent above written, upliftable as aforesaid.
Sc. 1772 Edb. Ev. Courant (2 Sept.):
The entry to the uplifting said tolls to commence at Martinmas next.
Sc. 1907 A. Lang Hist. Scot. I. 394:
Forman ceded to Hepburn such revenues as he had uplifted already.
Sc. 1931 Fettesian LIV. i. 3:
Deposit receipt uplifted . . . ¥81.0.0.
Abd. 1955 Buchan Observer (29 March):
Mr Aitken is authorised to uplift all debts due.

3. To elate, gladden, raise the spirits, to make proud, freq. in ppl.adj. (Sc. 1825 Jam.; Cai. 1904 E.D.D.; Uls. 1953 Traynor). Gen.Sc. Obs. in Eng. exc. dial. Vbl.n. upliftin. Deriv. upliftedness, elation. Sc. 1823 Scott Q. Durward xvi.:
They were uplifted in heart because of their wealth and their privileges.
Rnf. 1861 J. Barr Poems 130:
O Jenny, I'm greatly uplifted.
Sc. 1863 J. L. Watson By-gone Days 176:
Though she was sae bonny, that never seemed to uplift her.
Fif. 1887 S. Tytler Logie Town III. xviii.:
I dinna ken whether I'm standin on my head or my heels for fair upliftedness.
Ags. 1897 F. Mackenzie Northern Pine 213:
Ye'll get a' the sharper a doush doon on accoont o' this upliftin'.
Edb. 1900 E. H. Strain Elmslie's Drag-net 273:
He was just as far uplifted as he had been dooncast.
Sh. 1924 T. Manson Peat Comm. 69:
Dey'll be a upliftin ipun her efter dis.

4. (1) To raise or strike up a tune, gen. in psalm-singing. Vbl.n. uplifting. Sc. 1816 Scott Black Dwarf xiii.:
When he first uplifted the psalm.
Sc. 1824 Scott Redgauntlet xii.:
There was heard within the uplifting of a Scottish psalm.

(2) To proclaim, make manifest. m.Lth. 1894 P. H. Hunter J. Inwick 130:
The testimony the kirk had aye uplifted, in an open an' abüne-buird way.

II. n. 1. A contribution, a payment made to a common fund. Gsw. 1898 Gsw. Ballad Club II. 272:
His wages were a crown a day, Wi' fortnicht's pays, and uplifts tae.
Ayr. 1930:
For Doctor's uplift and Society baith.

2. A lifting up; elevation. Sc. 1879 P. H. Waddell Isaiah 1:
Syne Isaiah . . . his uplifts an' onlifts an' a', far ayont Babel an' the Nile.

3. The collection of accounts, as by a shopkeeper (Lnk. 1973).

[O.Sc. uplift, = I. 2., 1485.]

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