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Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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First published 1971 (SND Vol. VIII).
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SHANCE, n., v. Also schance. I.Sc. and Cai. variants of Eng. chance (Sh. 1898 “Junda” Klingrahool 30, 1924 T. Manson Peat Comm. III. 4). Adj. shancy (Cai. 1909 D. Houston 'E Silkie Man 10). See S, letter, 6.Sh. 1906 T. P. Ollason Spindrift 68:
Hit wisna fir want o' schances, bit Betty wis ower pirskeet.

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