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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Bradelings, Braidlingis, adv. Also: braidlynis, breadlingis. [Brade a. Cf. early ME. bredlinge, OE. brádlinga.]

1. With the limbs extended; flat (on the ground). 1535 Stewart 23696.
Him self that tyme … On force wes borne than braidlingis on his bak
Ib. 56604.
He laid him braidlingis than vpoun his bak
1569-73 R. Bann. Memor. 135.
He … struicke ane of thame breadlingis with his sword to the eird

2. With or by the broad side. 1600 Reg. Privy C. VI. 140.
[They then] strak and dang hir with ane drawin sword braidlynis
1606 Birnie Kirk-b. xiii. 20.
It brake not in bradelings, but as it were by degrees

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