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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Brak, Brac(k, v. [Irreg. variant of Brek v. Cf. Braik v.1] tr. and intr. To break.(1) tr. a1400 Leg. S. iii. 932.
To brak to Criste the band
Ib. xxxii. 354.
Goddis bydynge sal we brak
1533 Gau 44/2.
To brak the command of God
1541 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 454.
Quhat craftisman that braks the samyn [act]
1549 Compl. 108/15.
Persuadit to brac hyr chaistite
1567 Dundee B. Laws 370.
Gife ony persone … brackis these our statutis
1569-73 Bann. Memor. 46.
To brack the order of law and justice
a1570-86 Maitl. F. clxxix. 60.
Becaus we daylie brak his law
1625 Garden Kings 48.
All bands with Danes h' abolishes and bracks
1661 Misc. Spald. C. V. 232.
Gif … they happin to brak the fald
(2) intr. 1467 Antiq. Aberd. & B. IV. 403.
Quhasa euir brakis in ony of thir condicionis
1600-1610 Melvill 188.
Lyk ather-cape wobbes that taks the sillie flies, bot the bumbarts braks throw tham!
1626 Garden Worthies 161.
When the Northumbrian Prince … Brack's in our Borders
1636 Sutherland Corr. 166.
Thir winds makes the grasse bracke out exceiding sloly
c1650 Spalding i. 4.
Michtellie greivit at the Clanchattan, to brak out in sic disordour

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