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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Hiddertil(l, Hithertill, adv. Also: hidertill, hiddir-, hedirtyll; hethirtill, hithertile. [North. ME. hidirtill (a 1300).]

1. Until now, hitherto.(a) 14.. Acts I. 69/2.
As hiddertil thai war wont to do
Ib. *89/2.
All perticlar gilde hidertill oysyt … salbe away put
1422 Stirlings of Keir 208.
For his consel, helppis and gud merytis to me hedirtyll downe
1478 Binns P. MS. No. 17.
The wanting of the proffit of the samyn [mill] hiddertill sen the tyme of the brekin of hir
1567 G. Ball. 129.
Mout Syone … In thrall is hiddertill
(b) 1460 Ayr Charters 89.
The said lordis … deliverit that for ocht hethirtill schawin … the said burges has nocht [etc.]
1566 Waus Corr. I. 36.
Quhais help and avyis I haue found hithertill maist proffitable
1585 Gray Lett. 54.
It hes a forder tail than ve haue hithertile forsein
c1650 Spalding II. 93.
Nor hithertill no actioun thairin contenit wes wrocht
1656 Rec. Marischal Coll. I. 214.
Quhilk I hawe done hithertill
a1658 Blair Pref. to Durham Scandal (1740) vii.
Our hither-till incurable wounds

2. To this place; hither. 1513 Doug. i. vi. 50.
By wynd and storm of sey cachit hiddertill [R. hiddirtyll]

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