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First published 1968 (SND Vol. VII).
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RIV, v.2 [rɪv]

1. To sew together coarsely or roughly, to tack together (Sh. a.1838 Jam. MSS. XII. 186, 1914 Angus Gl., Sh. 1968); to knit with a loose uneven texture (Sh. 1914 Angus Gl.); to make or mend roughly, e.g. a woven basket or Kishie. Hence rivakishie, rivva-, -kessie, -keyshie, and reduced form riv(v)i(e), a basket or creel made of plaited straw, freq. one of rough construction (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928), Sh. 1961); a wide shallow basket used for carrying peat or dung (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928), ‡Sh. 1968). See also cassie-riva s.v. Cassie, n.1, 4, (3).Sh. 1899 J. Spence Folk-Lore 179, 250:
Winding simmonds or gurdastories for his maeshies and rivakessies. . . . We rivs da sail wi revatwirries and set it upun her.
Sh. 1922 J. Inkster Mansie's Röd 8:
Set dee apo yon auld rivva kishie 'at held da peerie grice.

2. To fasten, bind, tie loosely.Sh. 1892 Manson's Sh. Almanac:
Wi my packie o tows rived atween my shooders.

[O.N. rifa, to tack together, sew loosely.]

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