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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Hanting, vbl. n. Also: haunting, hawntyng. [ME. haunteyng (a 1325).] The action of Hant v. Practice, use; frequenting; resort. Also attrib. with place.(1) 1420 Liber Calchou 449 (hawntyng of lychery). 1456 Hay I. 84/35 (be oft hanting of the were). 1573 Tyrie Cath. Tr. 9/26 (be resson of my … hanting of the Latine toung). 1598 Acts IV. 160/1 (the Saboth day … abuisit … be hanting and vsing of gaimis).(2) c1420 Wynt. v. 54 (W).
In that temple faire, Quhare men maid hanting and repaire
1545 Reg. Privy C. I. 18.
Tuiching the frequenting and hanting of merchandis to Flandris
1578 Glenartney Doc.
Be daylie hanting, reparing, travelling … within our said forrest
1590 Burel Pilgr. ii. vii.
Nane may make hanting heir
1617 Acts iv. 548/1.
All persounes … convict … of hanting of … ailhouses efter ten houres at nycht
1630 Rutherford Christ & Doves 28.
In the which mountains, there was pleasant hanting
attrib. a1500 Henr. Fab. 1778.
The samyn birdis … becaus it was thair hanting place … Thay lichtit doun
(3) 1563-1570 Buch. Wr. 44.
Throw hanting of thir nobill lordis
1581 Burne Cath. Tr. 170/6.
Hanting of harlattis
1588 Crim. Trials I. ii. 162.
For hanting and repairing with the gude nychtbouris
1631 Dundonald Par. Rec. 321.
For haunting of Bessie Young in suspect places

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