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First published 1971 (SND Vol. VIII). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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SAKE, n. Also sic(k). Sc. usages in phrs. of adjuration or surprise: 1. for onie sake, for Heaven's sake, by all means. Gen.Sc.; 2. sakes me!, sakes preserve us!, dear me, goodness gracious, in the name of goodness! (Cai., Ayr. 1969). Modifications of Eng. for God's sake.1. Sc. 1824 S. Ferrier Inheritance I. xv.:
For any sake let us have one night of peace and rest.
Per. 1896 I. MacLaren K. Carnegie 168:
For ony sake keep ae chair for sittin' on.
ne.Sc. 1999 Aberdeen Evening Express 25 Sep 17:
For ony sake, Bunty. Ye couldna complain aboot the wye I behaved. Oozin' charm fae every pore - I wis gallantry personified.
Sc. 2002 Herald 1 Apr 12:
So strong is Islamic sensibility that over a decade ago, in the Gulf war - when our troops were fighting to protect Saudi Arabia, for any sake - Christian chaplains had to be called "morale officers" and Forces radio was forbidden to play Christian hymns.
ne.Sc. 2003 Aberdeen Evening Express 18 Apr 22:
But for ony sake, Doddy, keep the freeloading foreign junkets to a minimum.
2. m.Lth. 1857 Misty Morning 266:
Dear sick's me! my puir Mawcum!
m.Lth. 1884 J. Plenderleith Kittlegairy Vacancy 99:
Sakes me! it's perfectly awful, the effecks of avarice.
Abd. 1920 C. L. Hay When the Cat's Awa 7:
Sakes preserv's a', fat's happen't.

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"Sake n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 16 Jul 2024 <>



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