Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II).
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†CHANCER, n. A brass button, gilded and lettered; “commonly sold on strings by the pound, to dealers in old brass” (Abd. publ. 1867 W. Anderson Rhymes, etc. 137 Note).Ib.:
For his pitcher was sure i' the meelick to spin; He had chancers in langels the length o' my staff, An' his wee serious face micht hae weel gart you laugh.
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