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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I).
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BET(T), v.1 To fix firmly, press hard. A Sc. form of Eng. beat. Can be used as pr.t., pa.t. and pa.p. See Baet, v., and Bate, v.1 and n.Mry.4 1933:
The heuk is bet(t) on to the tippen which is scared (spliced) to the sneed.

ppl.adj. bet. (See quot.)s.Sc. 1923 Watson W.-B. 54:
Bet, bruised by walking: “A bet fit.”

Comb.: bet-lick, the conquering blow.Sc. 1895 “N. Roy” Horseman's Word i.:
The bogle was like to hae the giein' o' the bet-lick.

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