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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).

GLIMSH, n. A passing glance, a hurried view. [glɪmʃ]Abd. 1882 W. Alexander My ain Folk 31:
“Hae ye read it yet?” “H — m, weel, aw tyeuk a glimsh o' 't,” said Saunders, with half-averted look.

[A variant form of Eng. glimse(n), 13th–17th c. form of glimpse (from 16th c.), O.Sc. glimse, v., 1663. For similar [s] and [ʃ] interchange, cf. Canse and Cansh, Eng. mince and Sc. Minsh.]

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