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Alssone, Alsone, adv. Also: alsson; alson, alsoyne, alsoune. [Als adv., Sone adv., written as one word, freq. with s for ss.]

1. Immediately; at once. 1375 Barb. v. 374.
Iames of Douglas, quhen this ves done, The presoners has tane alsone
Ib. xi. 569.
And as he bad thame, thai haf done; And the tothir com alsoyne
a1400 Leg. S. i. 434.
Than Symon answerit hym alson: ‘Lat Petir tel quhat I think now!’
c1420 Ratis R. 359.
Thow gais out of the way of grace, And will condampnit be alsone
a1500 Henr. Fab. 2032.
Bot ȝit I trow alsone that ȝe sall se, Gif I can traist to bleir ȝone Carllis Ee
1513 Doug. vii. ix. 8.
Than Italy alssone Scho levis
Ib. xi. Prol. 160.
Of hys gudnes the etern Lord allssone Restorys the meryt

2. As soon (as). 1409 Exch. R. IV. p. ccx.
Gif he may nocht cum at sic tyme … he sal cum alsoune as he gudely may tharaftir
c1420 Wynt. viii. 6746.
Alssone as cummyn ware thai To thaire renk end, thai lychtyt doune
?1438 Alex. ii. 1623.
Alssone as he saw Gaudifeir To him he ran
a1500 Bk. Chess 600.
Alsone as the caise thai vnderstand, Thai ȝeid to feild
1491 Treas. Acc. I. 166.
And this ȝe do alssone as ȝe may haue lasere
1513 Doug. vii. ix. 5.
Alssone as was this gret melly begun
1519 Lennox Mun. 215.
Alssone as thai may lauchfully complet the mareage
1622-6 Bisset I. 153/13.
The maiser … sall schaw to the lordis, alsone as twelf houris streikis

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