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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Cost, Coist, v.1 Also: coste, coast. [ME. cost(e, costen (c 1320), OF. coster, L. constāre.] tr. To cost (so much). 1496 Halyb. 57.
A kark of alom, cost 38 s.
c1500-c1512 Dunb. lxi. 74.
I have indost To pay quhat euir his trappouris cost
Id. xxvii. 53 (A).
Of all his dynere that cost him deire
1560 Rolland Seven S. 1697.
Quhat euer denner coist Lat beif not fra ȝow draw, quhill that ȝe get ȝour roist
1576 Oppress. Orkney 72.
Ane black cowal quhilk coist ane crowne of the Sonne
a1570-86 Maitland Maitl. F. clxxiv. 70.
That cost [Q. coist] ane pound befoir nou costis [Q. coistis] thre
1665 Conv. Burghs III. 579.
Severall liberties … the obtaining quhairof hes coast them great and vaest charges
1692 Misc. B. Rec. 78.
Before the key can be repaired will coast ten thousand marks

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