Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I).
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A'GAIT, A'GATE, A'GATES, adv. Everywhere. (So algate in north. dial. Eng.) (See also Gait.) [′ɑ:get(s), ′ǫ:get(s)]Sc. 1816 Scott Antiquary xx.:
I gang about a'gates like the troubled spirit.Abd.(D) 1871 W. Alexander Johnny Gibb xviii.:
They war stannin' aboot a'gate roon' aboot the kirk, in scores an' hunners.Per. 1915 Wilson L. Strathearn 95:
Aa'v luikit augait for'd = I've looked everywhere for it. (A.)Fif. 1872 Mrs G. Cupples Tappy's Chicks 51:
Is't yer ain faut, or the mistress's, that I find ye a'gates about the room?Edb. 1844 J. Ballantine Gaberlunzie's Wallet (1875) i.:
At bridal, at kirkin, at market, at fair, Ye'll never miss Patie the Packman. He's a'gate, kens a'thing.
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