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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III).
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DAD, v.2, n.3

1. v. “To plod, to trudge, to drudge” (Sh. 1914 Angus Gl.); ppl.adj. daddet, faint, weary, tired through overwork (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928)).Sh. 1914 Angus Gl.:
A püir daddet boddi.
Sh.9 1947:
We'll no' hae half a mile ta dad tö da wal.

Hence dadderi, daddiry, dadery, drudgery, exhausting work (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928); 1914 Angus Gl., dadderi; Sh.9 1947).Sh.(D) 1891 J. J. H. Burgess Rasmie's Büddie 82:
Anyoch o daddiry I'm seen — Dis haaf be blow'd.
Sh.(D) 1919 T. Manson Humours Peat Comm. II. 192:
Dat's why me an my bairns see nothin afore wis bit slavery an dadery an bruck an muck.

2. n. Of any laborious activity: a heavy task, a weary journey.Sh.9 1947:
Hit's a lang dad fae Shaw ta Monea. We hedd a moost aafil dad gjittin da lines abörd.

[A Sh. development of Dad, v.1, n.2, above.]

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