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First published 1986 (DOST Vol. VI).
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Quhat-sa, Qwhat-, What-sa, pron. and adj. Also: -say. [Sc. form corresp. to ME whattse (Orm), what se (Layamon), hwat se (Ancr. R.), and quat-so (see Quhat-so), reduced f. OE swá hwæt swá f. hwæt Quhat pron.] = Quhatsumever in various senses. Also quhatsa that. — a1400 Leg. S. xxxii 127, 129.
For quhat-sa beste lykis hyme … Hyme thinkis beste quhat-sa it be
Ib. xliii 560.
For sic poweste is tacht me til That I ma do quhat-say I wil
1412 Laing Chart. 24.
The forsaide lorde or his ayris qwhat sa thai be for the tyme
14.. Burgh Laws c. 29 (A).
Quhat sa merchand that has couerit his stal
a1500 Rauf C. 511.
And thow mat me ony mair, cum efter quhat sa may, Thow and I sall dyntis deill
1587-99 Hume 19/70.
The eyes sa reddie are to see … what sa the fantasie wald

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