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Fecht, Feicht, v. Also: fechtt, feght, feycht, faicht. P.t. facht, fawcht, faucht(e, faught, focht. P.p. fochtin(e, -tyn, -ten, -tne, fochtteine, foghten(e, fowchtyn, fowychtyn, fouchtin(e, -tyn, -ten, foughtin; fochin, foichin, fouchin, -en; foughin, fauchin, faughin. [ME. feghte, feȝte, feihten, fehten, OE. feohtan, fehtan (ONhb. fehta). Cf. Ficht v.]

1. intr. To fight, engage in fighting. a. (a) Quhat sal we say Quhen a man fechtis aganis vs all; Barb. vi. 155.
The Erle … that fechtand was; Ib. xii. 131.
Quhene twa fechtis, pece sal be Quhen we the tane vincust se; Leg. S. i. 259.
Scho saw quhare men ware fechtande fast; Wynt. v. 1454.
To fecht wyth hym thai ware sa yherne; Ib. vi. 844.
Gyf euir the sayd Thom distrowbyllis or fechtis … with that party or ony other nychtburis; 1459 Peebles B. Rec. 132.
It causis thaim to turne thair bak & fle Quhen thai suld fecht; Bk. Chess 981.
Thow speiris, dastard … gif I dar with thé fecht; Dunb. Flyt. 65.
That men micht weill wit, … That shippis wer on the sey fechtand; Lynd. Meldrum 742.
Wtheris … doubting quhither they sould fecht … or flie … war cruellie slaine; Pitsc. I. 76/3.
They wer purposit to fecht for the libertie of the King or elis to die; Moysie 14.
Gif they gae at adventour of the seæ to fecht; Bisset II. 233/4.
fig. Men of gude conditioun, … Fechtand with lust, presumptioun, and pryde; Henr. Fab. 1108.
To fecht with fortoun is no wit; Dunb. xv. 44.
Ve suld fecht aganis our euil desiris; Gau 11/6.
Quha planely fechtis aganis all vprichtnes; 1573 Sat. P. xl. 344.
Yow, the faithfull, that are fechtand here; Gardyne Garden 35.
(b) The lele Scottis men, That in that feld ware feychtand then; Wynt. viii. 2248.
That thai mycht In nowmyre of thai xxx feicht; Ib. 6708.
Sen thai ar in clos felde, and be ordynaunce of justice suld feicht; Hay I. 270/4.
It is necessare that he feicht and mak battall agane the innemeis of Ihesu; Irland Mir. fol. 238 b.
Mair honor is to vanquisch ane, Nor feicht with tensum and be tane; Montg. Ch. & Slae 453.
Being fund tuilzeing and feychting with ane wther man wpone the Saboth day; 1633 Dundonald Par. Rec. 372.
(c) Amyd the thowsandis egyrly feghtis sche; Doug. i. vii. 130.
We thocht maist semly in a feld To be feghtand; Ib. ii. vi. 40; etc.
Yf we be a thousand and thei ten thousand, thei dar not feght; Knox II. 78.
Sum to feight witht the tuo handit suord; Pitsc. I. 332/7.
Far rather had I ȝeild, Than feght and tyn the feild; Montg. Misc. P. xxiii. 26.
Armed men … in a posture ready to feight; 1674 Highland P. II 265.
b. (a) He sped hyme fast & with thaim facht; Leg. S. xxix. 714.
Quhatsumeuir thai war that barganyt and facht … thai sal be had to the tolbuth; 1470 Peebles B. Rec. 164.
James of Douglas … facht in the barres at Striuling; Asl. MS. I. 227/11.
Hir dochteris wer … , brocht armit, as thay facht, to Suetonius; Bell. Boece I. 127.
The barras in the quhilk Iohne Coupance and Schir Patrik Hammyltoun facht in Edinburgh; 1571 Edinb. B. Rec. IV. 91.
(b) Thai … Fawcht in-to mony stalwart stour; Barb. i. 468.
Ib. iii. 20.
In hast he come agayne, And wytl hym fawcht; Wynt. v. 4362.
Thai fawcht a qwhille rycht cruelly; Ib. viii. 5724; etc.
Twys thai fawcht, suppos thai war myschewit; Wall. viii. 968.
That prince … fawcht with him … And tuke him presoneir; Henr. Bludy Serk 51 (B).
(c) The Ynglis men faucht cruelly; Barb. xvii. 144.
He … faucht & flat with Niniane; Leg. S. xl. 1219.
That cumpany … mowyd were and faucht; Wynt. iii. 575; etc.
The quhilk [dragon] that consul of Rome faucht with, and slew it; Hay I. 48/24.
Ane duke thare was … That daylye faucht and dayly aye he wan; Bk. Chess 1025.
The bowmen … faucht with swerdis and litil buklaris; Bell. Boece I. 153.
Sir Lancelote du Lake … Faucht neuer better with sword nor knyfe; Lynd. Meldrum 50.
Quhen sche first fauchte in the feild; Dalr. I. 189/15.
Alexander … faucht with his father at the said battall; Bisset I. 59/21.
(d) Thus thai faught vpone fold, with ane fel fair; Gol. & Gaw. 570.
As two wyld boaris irouslie thay faught; Clar. v. 2325.
They pullit out suordis and faught right cruellie; Pitsc. I. 49/13.
This Prince … Faught contrare both his fortune and his foes; Garden Kings 5.
Ane stone … quhilk Sir Coline Campbell … woir quhen he faught in battell; 1640 4th Rep. Hist. MSS. App. 512/2.
(e) Johne Colquhoun … focht at Loch Lummond; Pitsc. I. 29/16.
As if they foght in skyes; James VI Ess. 17.
c. (a) Quhen that he hade fowychtyn fast; Wynt. v. 4371.
Quhen thai thus had fowchtyn fast; Ib. viii. 4219.
Quhen the peple of God suld have fouchtyn with the inymyes of God; Hay I. 170/5.
Thay fled in the day quhen thay suld haiff fouchtine; Gau 99/6.
It had bene mair honest to thaim … to have fouchtin maist strangly to the deid; Bell. Boece I. 74.
He had foughten with him, but accidentaly; 1649 St. A. Presb. 146.
(b) Inglismen dempt … at the Scottis had fochtyn amang thaim sell; Wall. v. 140.
Thay had fochtin fra the dawing to the midday; Bell. Boece I. 104.
He wald haff fochtin in deffense of that woman aganis me; 1582 Waus Corr. I. 257.
(c) Thai … fochin had als lang thair as tha mocht; Stewart 38740.
The hound werie, and fochin furth his fill; Rolland Seven S. 1816.
Gif thay should haif fochin; Leslie 226.
Symon Mvir [delated] … to haif fochin on the Trvne with John Ald; 1607 Dundonald Par. Rec. 149.
Wee heir that Colonell Hepburne hes fochin in Loren; 1635 Maxwell Mem. 441.
(d) Canutus, quhilk fouchin had so lang; Stewart 38918.
The Hamiltonis … belevit that the said erle of Mar wald haue fouchen; Diurn. Occurr. 172.
(e) Because he … had faughin so cruellie befoir; Pitsc. I. 329/1.

2. tr. To fight (a battle). Chiefly in p.p. The first battall was fochtin on dreich; Bell. Boece I. 152.
This batall was fochtin with mare cruelte than ony batall afore rehersit; Id. Livy I. 161/3.
Thair wes fochtin ane gret battell; Leslie 23.
Quhen thir feildes war fochten; Dalr. I. 265/21.
I knaw ye are to fecht a harde batle; a 1600 Misc. Spald. C. III. 216.
This King also fachtt the battell of Hairlaw; Chron. Kings 70.
He … offerit to haif fochin the singular combat with the said George; 1616 Crim. Trials III. 385.
Kentoun battle … hes in visioun bene sein fochten sevin sindrie times sensyne; Spalding II. 230.

3. With it as subject or object; or in passive without it. Thus was it fouchtin at the louch of Regill; Bell. Livy I. 163/14.
Certane tyme be duchtines of athir partie equalie was fochtin; Boece iii. viii. 103 b.
It wes crewellie fochin … with uncertane victorie; Leslie 176.
Better it is to fecht it, … Nor for to se Frenchemen deflorand our wyfis; 1572 Sat. P. xxxviii. 259.
It was lang fauchin and with great cruelltie; Pitsc. I. 97/8.
It was couragiously foghten on both sydes; P. Gordon Brit. Dist. 129.

4. To fight with or against. The king of Ingland hard tell … how his schipis was so foughin and taine; Pitsc. I. 227/18.
Quhen Gregorie … fercely had fochtne thame, and dourlie dantount; Dalr. I. 281/3.
Ȝe, be way of pirracie, faucht, assailȝeit, buirdit, and … tuik the number of sax schipis; 1610 Crim. Trials III. 100.

5. To lead in battle. The Erls of Angus … to quhom it perteins to fecht the Kingis wantgard; Skene Verb S. s.v. Arreragium.

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