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First published 2001 (DOST Vol. IX).
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(Sleke-stane,) Sleik-stane, n. Also: slaik-, slikston. [ME and e.m.E. slikestone (c1325), slekstone, slykston (both 15th c.), slekyston (Prompt. Parv.), sleke stone, slyckestone (both 1530), ON slíkisteinn; Sleke adj.] A smooth stone used in the finishing or refurbishing of cloth. b. Appar., such a stone used allusively to mark out a liar, similarly to the Eng. use of a whetstone, see OED Whetstone n. 2 b. See also Slekit ppl. adj. b and c. — a1568 Sempill Sat. P. xlviii 77.
Syne with the sleik stanis … Thay rais the pyle … thay sell this same claith [etc.]
1603 Montgomery Mem. 247.
For ane slikston vi d.
b. a1568 Bann. MS 262a/31.
So fenȝeit fals and with so littill feir And quhair thay go thay beir the slaik [M. slekit] stane Go follow thame quha list vnlawty leir

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