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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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BIDE IN, n. Also bidey-in (bidie-in Sh., Ork., Bnff., Abd., Ags., Fif., Edb., Gsw., Ayr., Rxb. 2000s). (See quotes.)Sc. 1995 Daily Record 20 Feb 13:
These days, couples are no longer introduced as husband-and-wife. This is the age of the "bidey-in", the co-habitee, the "partner", live-in lover or "significant other".
Sc. 2000 Herald 28 Feb 28:
Better still, why don't those who suffer the pain and heartache of a walloping from their spouse or bidie-in either leave or simply prosecute?
Abd. 1916 J. Milne W.-L.:
Bide in. A person who lives with another without marriage. Bidie in, familiar of above. Twa bidie ins or bidies in, both parties being married people.

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