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A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)

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First published 1983 (DOST Vol. V).
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Oles, adv. phr. [Late ME. o less (þan) (c 1400), olesse (þan) (1431), f. O prep.1 or prep.2 and Les adv.] Oles na, Unless, except. = Les a., adv. and conj. C 1, of les (than), Of prep. 29 c, and Onles adv. phr. and conj. — 1444–5 Peebles B. Rec. I. 10.
He sal hafe na other service bot it oles na it be nocht ten markis

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