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Hiddertillis, Hithertillis, adv. Also: hider-, hiddir-, hydder-, hydirtillis, -es, hyddyrtyllys; hedder-, heddirtillis, hedertyllys; hithertil(l)s, -tiles, -tellis, heithertills. [f. Hiddertil(l,adv.]

1. Until now, hitherto.The usual form in the 17th c. is hithertill(i)s.(a) ?1438 Alex. ii. 3643.
I grantit ȝow my lufe … Ȝit haue I ȝemit it hidder tillis
1456 Hay I. 62/27.
I fand never storye … hydirtillis that ever callit Julius Cesar Emperour
Ib. 213/16.
Thai … wan all and was lordis hydirtillis
1474 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 32.
The alderman … hes had the vse of that office … hiddertilles
1501 Acta Conc. XI. MS. 33 b.
[He] dischargis him as hiddertillis of al commone gudis that he has intromettit with
1545 Acts II. 461/2.
Thai haue hidder tillis alwayis … differit to mak payment
1556 Prot. Bk. T. Dalrymple 43 b.
He haid nocht falit to him hyddertillis of na promeis
1576 Reg. Privy C. II. 578.
Perpetuallie hiddirtillis
(b) 1444 Aberd. B. Rec. I. ii.
Heddirtillis yhe hau al tyme obeit the king
1491 Maxwell Mem. I. 52.
Auld Thome of Maxwell was ay onekynd ȝhet hedertyllys
1545 11th Rep. Hist. MSS. App. VI. 36.
The kingis … that hes heddertillis roung be just richt of successioun
(c) 1564 Edinb. B. Rec. III. 192.
The maist pairt of them, … hes refusit hithertellis to gif ony pairt … of thair gudis to the support of the said pure
1585 Acts III. 411/2.
According to … his demeritis in avaitting vpoun our seruice hithertillis
1600-1610 Melvill 115.
We salbe na mair a sklander to uther nationes as we hithertiles haiff been
1641 Kirkcaldy Presb. 195.
Hithertills this Presbytrie hes had the brethren furnishing a preacher thairto
1665 Reg. Privy C. 33 Ser. II. 60.
[We] have bein hithertills spareing to putt them to any charge for carryeing on this warr
(d) 1565 Rec. Earld. Orkney 278.
As he hes done hethertillis
1593 Warrender P. (MS.) II. 355.
Crymes forged and led hethirtillis against me
1657 Balfour Ann. I. 385.
The … happiest game that the King had played … heithertills

2. Until then; up to this point, thus far. 1456 Hay II. 5/16.
Nane … had euir hidertillis manetenyt sa … hye order in all worschip
1513 Doug. v. xi. 1.
Thus, hyddyrtyllys, warryn derenys seyr Excersyt in wyrschip of hys fader deyr
1562-3 Winȝet II. 37/27.
Hiddirtillis, sua dremis Apollinaris

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