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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V).
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JEDGE, n. [dʒɛdʒ]

1. A gauge, a measure.Ags. 1704 Morison Decisions 14289:
There should be a mark or jedge for determining high water and low water; and when the river sunk below the jedge, then they might sheet.

2. Gen. in phr. jedge and warrant: an order issued by a Dean of Guild, giving authority to repair or rebuild a ruinous house and to constitute the expense as a real burden on the property (Sc. 1946 A. D. Gibb Legal Terms 46).Sc. 1789 Morison Decisions 15187:
The Dean of Guild being directed to give out jedges and warrants.

[O.Sc. jedge, a standard measure, 1579, jadge, the authorised limit for new building, 1649. Central Fr. jauge, a measure, corresp. to Old North. Fr. gauge, Eng. gauge.]

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