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First published 1983 (DOST Vol. V).

Pelt, n.1 Also: palt. [e.m.E. pelt a blow (c 1570), a rage (1573), of doubtful origin: cf. Pelt v.] a. A hard blow or stroke, a buffet. b. To tak the pelt, appar., to take offence, to take the huff. —a. c1460 Alex. (Taym.) 1544.
Sic straikis thair thai delt On helm and hawbrek, ilk a pelt for pelt
Ib. 9121 (see Paltok n.). 1513 Doug. xiii. ii. 15.
Within thar tempill haue thai brocht … The bustuus swyne [etc.] … With mony palt [Ruthv., 1553 plat] scheddand thar purpour blude
1535 Stewart 18873.
The tuo wyngis … knapit on quhill mony knycht wes keild With mony pelt richt pertlie on the plane
b. 1661 Lauderdale P. I. 75.
I thought you had takin the pelt at somewhat

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