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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).
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GORDHIRD, v. Also gaar(d)-, gor(e)-. To bring the reaped corn from the field to be stacked in the corn-yard (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928), Sh.10 1955). [gɔr′hɪrd, gər-]Sh. 1899 Shetland News (7 Oct.):
I toucht doo'd been helpin' somebody ta gaarhird wi' sic a day.
Sh. 1922 J. Inkster Mansie's Röd 57:
“Doo'll mebbie help wis ta gaardhird yet,” Sibbie said, ta sheer Girzzie up.
Sh. 1939 A. C. O'Dell Hist. Geog. Sh. 58:
After the hairst . . . the crops were safely gathered in the yards and “gorhirded.”

Hence gorehirding, -en, vbl.n., the harvest home (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl., 1914 Angus Gl.).

[O.N. garðr, enclosed space, yard + O.N. hirða, to gather in (hay).]

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