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First published 1971 (SND Vol. VIII).

SPATCH, n., v. [spɑtʃ]

I. n. 1. A patch, as on a garment (Sc. 1825 Jam.; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B., Rxb. 1971).Rxb. 1925 E. C. Smith Mang Howes 20:
Aa tairgets and spatches an faizzent-ends.

2. A large spot, a patch, plaster (Sc. 1825 Jam.).

II. v. 1. To patch, as in repairing clothes, etc. (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B., Rxb. 1971).Sc. 1827 C. I. Johnston Eliz. de Bruce II. xii.:
Darning and spatching, bed-linen and table-linen.

2. transf. To spot, splash with dirt.Gsw. 1793 R. Gray Poems 69:
Meg and Kate hae bleach't their sheets, That may be sair was spatched.

[From Eng. patch with prothetic s. See S, letter, 5.]

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