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First published 1986 (DOST Vol. VI).
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Quhar(e)sa, -so, rel. adv. Also: qwaresa, quhayrso. [North. ME quar-sa (Cursor M.), whare-so (Rolle), midl. ME hwore so (Havelok), early ME hwarse (Ancr. R.), war sæ (1154), also ME wher so (Chaucer) quer-so (Cursor M., Gött.) e.m.E. wher so(o, early ME whære swa (Layamon), repr. OE swá hwǽr swá.] In or to any place where, wherever.(a) a1400 Leg. S. ii 216.
Thai prait he wald ga Quhare sa hym leste
Ib. xxxv 96.
Fra thine I sal redy be To gange quhare-sa thu bydis me
?1438 Alex. ii 3853.
And, shir, na wraith suld haue resting Quhare sa he lufe had harbry tane
1406 Rep. Hist. MSS. Var. Coll. V 79.
Qware sa hir happins or likis to sujourne
(b) 1513 Doug. viii ix 116.
The wofull moderis … dyd … follow with thair sight The dusty sop, quharso [Sm. quhayr so] the rak went rycht
Ib. xii Prol. 195.
Quhill all the dail resovndis, Quharso [Ruddim. quhareso] thai walk into thar caralyng
Ib. xii Prol. 195. Ib. x v 49.

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