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First published 1974 (SND Vol. IX).
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TAE, n.2 Occas. in pl. taes, teaze. A Section of a deep-sea fishing line of varying length, having a specified number of hooks, gen. 100 or 120, attached (Fif. 1972).Fif. 1844 J. Jack St Monance 166:
I hae lost a bow-tow and twa teaze o' line this mornin'.
Fif. 1863 St Andrews Gazette (27 June):
The boats are manned with a crew of eight fishermen, each of whom is provided with lines to the amount of twelve ties, or taes, in local parlance — a tie being 144 yards in length, and having 120 hooks attached to it. . . . A great line consists of nine ties, of the same length as the other.
Sc. 1865 J. G. Bertram Harvest of Sea 305:
The 50 fathom line with 100 hooks, is in Scotland termed a “taes.”

[A local variant of tie, in which the diphthong has been reduced to a simple vowel, as occas. in em.Sc. See Tie, n., 3.]

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