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Rede-wod, Reid-wod(e, adj. Also: red- and -wood(e, -w(o)ud; Rid-wood. [Only Sc., f. Red(e adj. 12 b.] a. Furious, enraged; wild with passion. b. Raving mad, out of one's wits, distracted.Freq., to run rede-wode.Also fig.(1) c1500-c1512 Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 141.
I have conditioun … Or rest of his rousty raid thoght he wer rede wod
1535 Stewart 9251.
The wemen oft thair handis wrang, Neir hand reid wod out of thair wit to gang
1567 Digest Justiciary Proc. I 27.
Scho [wald] … cast hir self doune ouer ane craig or ga reidwoud
a1568 Scott ii 102.
Than to Dalkeith thai maid thame boun, Reidwod of this reproche
a1605 Montg. Flyt. 531 (T).
Reid-wood [H. reid-woode]
1605-6 Welsh Forty-eight Serm. 63.
Redwood in their sins
1617 Calderwood VII 269.
Nor he had beene reid wode, and by his mynd, and then I had not beene so angrie at him
c1664 Hay Fleming Six Saints I 362.
Lord, tho' I should die red-wood, yet I know well I will die in Thee
(2) a1568 Pedder C. 12.
Reidwod he rynnis
a1605 Montg. Ch. & Slae 788 (L).
Will ran reid-wod almaist
?1660–90 J. Walwood in P. Gillespie Rulers Sins (1718) 12.
If Scotland had deliverance, … the professors of Scotland would run red wood
1692 Presb. Eloq. 90.
Drink … debauch, and run red-wood through the world
fig. 1605-6 Welsh Forty-eight Serm. 499.
So many sins are living, and ramping redwud as beasts within them

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