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First published 1983 (DOST Vol. V).
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Our-al(l, adv. Also: oure- and -aw. [Our prep. 12 c and d and 14: cf. Over-al(l.] 1. All over, in every part, everywhere.(a) 1375 Barb. xvii. 939 (E).
The King … gert weill ten fute hey the wall About Berwykis toune our all
a1400 Leg. S. xxi. 937.
Sekand oure-al gyf [etc.]
a1447 Bower Chron. xvi. i. (1759) II. 474.
Lauch liis down our all; fallax fraus regnat ubique
a1500 Henr. III. 170/13.
Our all was pes
a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 239. 1513 Doug. vi. xii. 9.
By hys power mydlit is our all This mekil body clepit vniuersal
Ib. xi. xv. 140.(b) a1508 Kennedy Pass. Christ 798.
Thi feit with blude all wet ouraw [: draw]

2. Above all else, most of all. c1450-2 Howlat 104.
Wgsum our all [B. owir all]
1490 Irland Mir. I. 26/11.
God … luffis oure all his awine propir childere and jnfantis
Ib. II. 9/15.

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