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Hy, v. Also: hi, hye. [ME. hij, hy(e (a 1300), hie (1297), hiȝe, highe, etc., early hiȝhenn (Orm), OE. híᵹian. In the principal sense, only in verse.]

1. reflex. and intr. To hasten, go quickly. Chiefly with complements, of destination or direction. Also absol., to hasten away, be off.(1) reflex. 1375 Barb. iii. 635.
Eftyr the King he gan hym hy
c1420 Wynt. viii. 3758.
Schyre Andrew thiddyr can hym hy [C. hi]
c1475 Wall. ix. 1380.
Gud Wallace sone throu a dyrk garth him hyit
1535 Stewart 16181.
Hy thé, carling, … Out of my sicht
Ib. 21896.
Vnto the se … Richt haistelie … he did him hy
1560 Rolland Seven S. Ep. 28.
In haist ga hy thé to sum hoill
1571 Sat. P. xxviii. 213.
I was feirit and hamewart did me hy
1581 Ib. xliv. 276.
Let thame prepare, and hy thame haistelie
(2) intr. ?1438 Alex. i. 2984.
Thare hors war stark and hyit fast
a1500 Henr. Fab. 205 (Asl.).
The ȝoungast sister vnto the buttry hyid [: besyde, pryde]
Ib. 481.
The fox … Syne to the wode but tarie with him hyit
Ib. 2410.
I cummand thus dounwart, quhy thow vpwart hyis?
1513 Doug. ii. xi. 56.
My spows on dreich eftyr our trays sal hy
1535 Stewart 61091.
Ane ladie … onto the dur did hy Richt suddantlie
a1605 Montg. Flyt. 115 (T).
Hy, ȝe huirsone, to hel!
Id. Misc. P. xviii. 69.
To tell the halk in haist sho hyde
1587-99 Hume iii. 20.
Euerie … nocturnall beast, They hy away … Them selves … to hide

2. tr. To cause to hasten, to drive quickly. 1562-3 Winȝet II. 76/29.
That the thing … quhilk wes neulie inuentit suld be explodit, and hyit away

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