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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Braik, Brake, v.1 Also: braek. [Variant of Brak v. and Brek v.] tr. and intr. To break, in various senses.(a) 1554 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 200.
Gif thai be fund … braikand the samyn [statute]
1584 St. A. Baxter Bks. 40.
Quhatsumewir brother braikis … this present act
1590 Reg. Morton I. 169.
To braik the back of all questiouns
1609 Crim. Trials III. 15.
The … cause quhilk maid me to braik ward
1659 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 183.
To slicht and braik downe the fort
1686 Bk. Old Edinb. Club XII. 207.
Not to braike his Ma'ties peice
(b) 1550 (c 1650) Dundee B. Laws 12.
That na fescher … attempt to buy fish to brake and top vpon nighboures
1614 Highland P. III. 172.
I will not brake my condition to him
1647 Hope Diary 135.
It is reedie and brakes bricle
1668 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 250.
Braking up dores and windowes

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