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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).
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FEET, n. Also feit (s.Sc. 1802 J. Sibbald Chron. Sc. Poetry, Gl.). A variant form of Theat, q.v.

Phr. and comb.: 1. feet-sides, rope-traces, “used instead of chains, which are fixed to the hames before, and to the swingle-trees behind, in ploughing” (Bwk. 1825 Jam.); 2. fit-out-o'-the-feets, applied to one “who betrays a genuine spirit of contradiction . . . in allusion to a horse or ox, who throws his leg over the traces in drawing” (Teviotdale 1825 Jam.).

[For s.Sc. th > f, see F and cf. Fearn, Fain, adj.2]

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"Feet n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 12 Jul 2024 <>



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