A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)
Fang, n. [ME. (a 1400) and OE. fang, ON. fang. Not common in Eng. before the 17th c.]
1. A capture or catch; anything seized or taken; a prey or booty.
The forrouris … thar abad nocht ful lang, Bot hame blyth went of that fang; Leg. S. xl. 1098.
Syne to the land he flew Fane of that fang; Henr. Fab. 2886.
To London with him Clyffurd and Wallang gais; Quhar king Eduuard was rycht fayn off that fang; Wall. xi. 1219.
The mercifull Lord … maid him [Lucifer] for to felȝe of that fang; Dunb. xxxviii. 15.
King Edward … had nocht bene lang, Had he thame gottin all into ane fang, To deill with him; Stewart 48888.
Ȝe, of this fang, schir, we ar fane; Lynd. Sat. 410 (B).
As the fals fowler, his fang for to get, Deuoiris the pure volatill he wylis to the net; 1572 Sat. P. xxxviii. 35.
transf. The Britis fled, and wes fane of that fang To leif the Romanis in the thickest thrang; Stewart 14656.
b. The booty or plunder taken by a thief. Esp. in the phrase with the (ane, his, etc.) fang.
Giff ony brokin men of that … surename … passis uith thair fang and foull hand to the montanis; 1589 Reg. Privy C. IV. 357.
Thow are indytit … for the taking of Alexander Maill with ane fang, by an commissioun; 1594 Misc. Spalding C. II. 127.
All thieues … quha ar fugitiue and taken … with the fange, that is, hand haveand, and back-bearand; Skene Verb. S. s.v. Infangthefe.
James Kolo hes stollin ane sark … and tane be the fang be the fold and delyuerit to the awner; 1604 Shetland Sheriff Ct. 119.
Thow ar presentlie chalingsit and tein with twa stollin scheip … now lyand besyd thé as thy fang; 1606 Rec. Old Aberd. I. 40.
He … was apprehended with a fang of some stollin hors and was warded; 1629 Reg. Privy C. 2 Ser. III. 26.
Certane wther geir, all fund with … searching, and heir presentit with thé as ane fang; 1637 Banff Ann. I. 78.
Wherever a thief is taken with a fang, he may be hang'd; Mackenzie Laws & C. ii. ii. § 1.
c. In the fang, in the act of stealing.
They were taken … in the fang and with the cloaths and money they had taken; 1674 Justiciary Ct. Rec. II. 302.
Allthoughe the theif be takine in the fang, the poor man is forced to lett him pass for want of justice; 1694 12th Rep. Hist. MSS. App. viii. 46.
2. A rope for steadying the gaff of a sail.
Now the lie scheit. and now the luf, thai slak, Set in a fang, and threw the ra abak; Doug. v. xiv. 9.
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