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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I).
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AYND, EIND, END, n. Breath. Gen. in pl. Now archaic except in Sh. See also Ein, v. [ɛnd]Sc. 1718 Ramsay Chr. Kirke ii (Poems 1721) ii.:
Some, who 'maist had tint their Aynds.
Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928):
He drew his end — i.e. he drew a deep breath, recovered his breath.
I could no get my end swallowed (to swallow phlegm in one's throat so as to be able to breathe more easily).
Sh. 1914 Angus Gl. 40:
A'm lost mi end; wait till A get mi end again.
Abd.(D) 1788 J. Skinner Christmass Bawing in Caled. Mag. (Sept.) 505:
And a' were fain to tak their einds.

[O.N. andi, breath, and anda, to breathe. Found in O.Sc. ande, aind, aynd, as n. and v. See also Sh. Andi. Cogn. with O.E. anda, emotion, enmity, hatred, which survived in Sth.Eng. as ande till 1500, Lat. animus, the mind, Gr. ανεμος, the wind. Cf. also eynd, sea-mist (E.D.D. for Nrf.).]

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