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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Fro, prep. and adv. [ME. (midl. and southern) fro (c 1200), adopted in place of Fra, freq. for rhyme.]

1. prep. From.(1) c1450-2 Howlat 3.
The bemes … fro the son blent
Ib. 741.
Mak ws fre Fro fendis
a1500 Bk. Chess 243.
Of the realme all fro end till end
1492 Myll Spect. 277/27.
How … Adam was put fro the blis of Paradys
c1500-c1512 Dunb. G. Targe 57.
Quhar fro anonn thare landis Ane hundreth ladyes
Ib. 106.
Fro the splene
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 178.
All wardlie cure … did fro me wend
(2) a1500 Henr. Orph. 500 (A).
In that clud his natur ȝeid him fro
c1500 Interl. Droich 170.
Now I go, Bot I will nocht lang byd ȝow fro
a1500 Doug. K. Hart 45.
Thir folk … For favour nor for feid wald found him fro
c1500-c1512 Dunb. lxxiii. 1.
Be war, this warld will wend thé fro
1535 Stewart 55228.
Till go Hame to his kinrik quhair that he come fro
1560 Rolland Seven S. 9355.
It is not lang ago The empreours court hidder sen I come fro
a1585 Maitl. Q. lxv. 143.
Fra my wittis all wer reft me fro

2. adv. In the phrase to or fro. c1552 Lynd. Mon. 6207.
Boith est, or west, vp, doun, or to, or fro

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