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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Dreich, Dreigh, n. Also: dreych, drych. [ME. dregh(e, dreȝe, drei (c 1300), f. Dreich,a.]

1. On dreich, at or to a distance. Also of dreich. c1420 Wynt. iii. 33.
All othir off dreych than gert he drawe
c1475 Wall. v. 1079.
Folow on dreich, giff that we mystir ocht
a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 110.
The tothir drew hym on dreigh, in derne to the dure
1513 Doug. ii. xi. 56.
My spous on dreich efter our trais sall hy
Ib. x. xii. 65.
[The hunter] standand far on dreich with dart and speir … the beste assayis
1531 Bell. Boece I. 18.
The army of Britonis stude arrayit on dreich, nocht far fra thame
Ib. 152.
The first battall was fochtin on dreich
1533 Boece vi. xiv. 215 b.
Ageit men and wemen … following euer the armye on dreich
a1568 Scott xxvii. 33.
Quhen scho growis heich, I draw on dreich

2. The deid dreich, the dead level. 1546 Fam. Innes 115.
The samin lyis now in lenth and breid extending linialie … to the deid dreich of Hervis haucht
1573 Elgin Rec. I. 137.
Ane ruid of land … extendyng fra the Kyngis he get … to the deid dreych at the north part
Ib. 142.
The hous and deid drych quhilk wes occupeit be Androw Ingland

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