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Clok, Clock, n.1 [Variant of Cloke n.1, with shortening of vowel, as occas. also in e.m.E.] A cloak.(a) a1400 Leg. S. i. 51.
Na clathis he had, at ware gude, Bot kirtil and clok, but mare
1473 Treas. Acc. I. 29.
Blak [cloth] for a clok and a capiteberne for the Quene
c1475 Wall. xi. 911.
He … Set on his clok a takyn for to se, The lyoun in wax
1502 Acta Conc. MS. XII. 26.
The wrangus withhaldin … of … ane clok of Scottis tanny
c1500-c1512 Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 426.
I … drawis my clok forthwart our my face quhit, That I may spy, vnaspyit
1513 Doug. vi. vi. 45.
Sche … the branch schew and vndid, That preualie ondir hir clok wes hid
c1550 Lynd. Meldrum 933.
With pantonis on hir feit, … Kirtill alone, withouttin clok
1563–4 Prot. Bk. T. Johnsoun 138.
Ane clok of Paris blak, begarit with welwat
a1578 Pitsc. I. 320/14.
The lord Hammilltoun … tuik his clok of skarlat and cust it wpoun him
1586 Grant Chart. 400.
Ane syde-nekit clok of fyne Franche blak
1600 Crim. Trials II. i. 156.
Quhilk the said Mr Thomas seing, being jowp alane, lwit his clok fall [etc.]
1620 Grant Chart. 322.
To ane man who fand Thomas Iohnestounes clok, quhilk yed with the water
1633 Lithgow Poet. Rem. 104.
[They] growne effeminat weare woemens loks, Freize-hanging combd, o're shoulders, necks, and cloks
fig. 1568 Buch. Indict. 34.
God vald not suffer vicketnes to haif sa payntit a clok
1600 Hamilton Facile Tr. 438.
Vnder the clok of iustice and veritie
1600-1610 Melvill 460.
To change our not, with the clok on the uther shoulder
(b) 1581 Treas. Acc. MS. 802 b.
Reid crammesy stemming to be his clock, coit, and breikis
1583 Sempill Sat. P. xlv. 566.
His blew clock beand worne so bair
Ib. 1070.
A scheip hewit clock to cover his cleathis
1598 Aberd. B. Rec. II. 167.
That the wemen … sall repair to the kirk, everie ane of thame having a clock, as the maist decent and cumlie vtter garment
1621 Elgin Rec. I. 240.
Robert Mairtene … gaif him ane straik throw his clock
1668 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 248.
To … buy alse much black cloth as will be aught clocks for murneing
1698 Foulis Acc. Bk. 224.
For a brass pin to carie clocks or towells
fig. 1657 Balfour Ann. III. 421.
Suche are the now sants that oppresses Gods people … and all wnder the … clocke of religione

b. Attrib. with lap, pin. 1572 Lanark B. Rec. 66.
Becais scho had fylit it [the loaf], I tuik hir be the clok lap
1646 Edinb. Test. LXII. 175.
Twa auld hatts, ane clok pine
1696 Ib. LXXX. 197 b.
Three clock pins

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