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Cost, Coist, n.1 Also: coste, coast. [ME. coste, cost (c 1300), OF. cost: cf. Cost v.]
1. Expense, expenditure; amount requiring to be furnished, spent, or paid for something.(a) a1400 Leg. S. vii. 666.
Quhen sik coste tham falȝet wes 1387 Edinb. Chart. etc. 35.
The communyte … fyndand al coste and al grayth tyl that werk c1420 Wynt. vi. 2015.
He sayd … For na cost that he suld spare [etc.] Ib. vii. 2771.
For cost … he sparyd noucht, Na for trawell 1456 Hay I. 185/8.
Prayand him … of lyfing till his folk for the cost Ib. II. 112/24.
That thai suld pas with lesse cost and scathe c1450-2 Howlat 978.
Thy cude, thy claithis, nor thi cost, cummis nocht of thé a1500 Seven S. 2141.
Thai war avisit thus To seike Merlyng … And sa thai did and na cost spard c1500 Fyve Bestes 342.
Now may ȝe cheis to … tyne the cost or tak this tovne on hand 1513 Doug. viii. Prol. 20.
May he cum to hys cast be clokyng, but cost, He rekkis [etc.](b) 1478 Acts II. 119/2.
That smytht sall … paye the coist of the hors quhill he be hale 1529 M. Works Acc. I. 9 b.
To ane theikar for the theking of the said brwhous … of all coist, xiii s. iiij d. 1560 Rolland Seven S. 4510.
The feist was preparit Aboundantlie, and for na coist thay sparit a1570-86 Arbuthnot Maitl. F. xxx. 74.
Ay grittest coist is apone thingis vane 1592 Acts III. 559/1.
Thomas Foullis … hes … beiggit housis and mylnis, for this effect to his grit coist 1602 4th Rep. Hist. MSS. App. 527/1.
Counterfaitt pasimentis of gold … quhilk shortly becummis sa vncumly and vnhonest that the coist is loissit 1686 Fraser P. 161.
That … might be lyeable to him of all coast, skaith, damnage, intrest and expensses
b. Of, on, or upon (one's) cost or costis, at one's expense. a1400 Leg. S. vii. 663.
Of commowne coste thai bocht A place 1394 Liber Aberbr. 43.
Quhilk Wilyam Plumer sal fynd a man on his awn cost and the abbot and conuent a man alsua of thar cost c1420 Wynt. v. 3250.
It off comon cost thai maid 1425 Montgomery Mem. 9.
Gife it be outwyth [Scotland], it sal be gotyn on bath thair costys 1447 (1451) Reg. Great S. 106/2.
Hir man sal ly upon the cost of the said Alex. … ay to the saide malis … be fully pait 1456 Hay I. 122/13.
Quhethir the vassallis suld pas to the weris on thair awin cost, or on thair lordis cost 1512 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III. 109.
In the meyntym the said Henry … sall big apone my cost the said mylne stul 1533 Boece x. iii. 351 b.
That apoun the common coist perpetualie certane liouns in Florence suld be nurist a1568 Bann. MS. 135 a/25.
It is eith to cry ȝule on ane vder manis coist a1570-86 Maitl. F. clxxv. 12.
Thocht ȝe heff serwit … Ane lord one ȝour awen cost and geir 1572 Sat. P. xxxi. 149.
Quhen that straungers reuls ȝour roist, It wilbe, sure, on Scotlands coist
c. To mak (the) cost, to be at the expense (of), to pay (for). c1420 Wynt. viii. 2040.
Tharefor thi dame made lytill cost 1445 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 14.
To trete giue thai may get the fredome … and to mak a coste tharapon 1456 Hay I. 28/24.
He gert geve all beneficis till all that wald mak cost thareon a1500 Henr. III. 152/74.
Ȝe may clamp to this cure, & ȝe will mak cost, Bayth the bellox of ane brok c1500-c1512 Dunb. xliii. 41.
Alhaill almoist, Thay mak the coist, With sobir recompens 1520 Wemyss Chart. 145.
Geif the said Dauid … makis ony cost … apon the said colehewis, owther in durris, wynning, … or uthir expens a1578 Pitsc. I. 162/6.
This Alexander … lowit … abill men and goode horse, and maid gret coste and expenssis thairon a1570-86 Maitland Maitl. F. xciv. 87.
Leif, burges men, or all be loist, On ȝour wyfis to mak sic coist 1602 Conv. Burghs II. 138.
His airis … sall haue his haill hyre and furing, for the quhilk thai sall mak the haill coist vpoun his buriall
2. pl. Expenses, outlays, charges. c1420 Wynt. iv. 622.
He … thoucht that tynsall was bot smalle, For to rekyn his costys alle 1427 Charter (Reg. H.) C.O. No. 40.
Al thai costis bygane that the said Iohne has made for the forenemmyt landis 1456 Hay I. 166/32.
It that I tuke of ȝouris is scantly the costis of the men that I led with me Ib. 181/30.
Quhy suld he diffray him or pay his costis? c1475 Wall. xi. 1439.
Costis herfor was no man bond to me 1488 Treas. Acc. I. 104.
The costis maide in Gedwort be the chanslare, justis, … and clerkis, the tyme of the justis ayre 1562 Breadalbane Lett. (Reg. H.) 12 Feb.
I will nocht get men to pas to sic ane purpos without costis and expens 1564 St. A. Kirk S. 224.
Wiliam Peblis sall … relev the said Besse … of all coistus and cherge tharof 1573 Grant Chart. 153.
Iohnne Grant … hes maid gritt travellis, coistis and expensis vpoun the dyking, parking [etc.] 1602 Conv. Burghs II. 136.
The said mariner … sall … rander agane that quhilk he has ressauit, togidder with the coistis that ar maid thairvpoun 1622-6 Bisset II. 236/27.
Sicklyke the victularis suld find … ressonabill coistis
b. Expenses for which repayment is made or sought. Freq. coupled with scathis.(a) 1426 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III. 202.
Twa hundir pundis of lauchful monee of Scotland to be pait to the said Dauy [etc.] … in name of thair costis and scathis 1440 Cart. S. Nich. Aberd. 11.
Quhil til him of all costis and skathis … fullely be made assithe 1456 Hay I. 276/2.
He aw amendis, and to pay the costis to the party that he sa sclanderit 1485 Breadalbane Doc. (Reg. H.) No. 22.
I bind and oblis me … in the sovme of four hundretht pund … togidder with costis [and] schathis that the said Duncan … sal hapin to sustene thar throw 1506 Peebles B. Rec. 34.
The costis, skathis, dampnagis, and expensis sustenit be the said baillies and communite a1578 Pitsc. I. 155/7.
To redound to them the costis, skaithis, and dampnagis sustened be thame in the said cause(b) 1495 Reg. Paisley 405.
The coistis. scathis, dampnage and expensis sustenit and maid be the saidis Abbot and convent 1511 Reg. Privy S. I. 347/1.
All coistis, dampnagis and inkres that thai sall happin to mak and sustene tharethrow 1522 Fife Sheriff Ct. 196.
For coistis, skaithtis, & expensis sustenit … for the wanting of thair saidis gudis 1622-6 Bisset I. 255/8.
The said burges … sall cause act ane responsall cautioner … quha salbe bund for refounding of all coistis 1662 Melrose R. Rec. II. 2.
To mak payment of the coistes and skaiths maid
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