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First published 1974 (SND Vol. IX).
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STREEK, n.3 Also streak, streik; strike (see etym. note). A bundle of flax beaten and broken and ready for scutching, “a small bundle of flax into which flax dressers roll what they have already dressed” (Lnk. 1825 Jam.). Also in Uls. dial.; also a bundle of straw. See kill-strike s.v. Kill. n.1, 1. (37). [strik]Rxb. 1738 J. Mason Kelso Rec. (1839) 129:
Four streaks of lint.
Lth. 1783 A. Wight Present State Husbandry IV. 668:
When the streiks are out from the rollers, or much thinned by being oft carried through them, the motion of the scutching part is quickened in proportion.
Gsw. 1797 A. Brown Hist. Gsw. II. 275:
Thread supplied by the housewife from a few streeks of her best lint.
Abd. 1852 A. Robb Poems 115:
A streek o' lint I canna' pu'.

[Sc. form, = Eng. strick, id., of O. Fr. estrique, a roller for levelling grain, etc., in a measure (see Straik, n., 10.), of Teut. orig. Cf. Ger. streichen, to stroke, strike. Strike is found in the same sense in Eng., and estriga in Portuguese. Cf. also Straik, n., 9., and Strik, v., 3.]

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