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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Fasch, Fash, v. Also: fasche, fache. [OF. fascher F. fâcher.]

1. tr. To trouble, bother, annoy (a person). Also reflex.(a) 1540–4 Waus Corr. I. 5.
The maister wald heaue wrytin bot it neidit not to fasche yow farther
1565 Breadalbane P. MS. (Reg. H.).
It is nocht necessar to fasche ȝow with the same agane
1584 Buccleuch Mun. II. 341.
This far, sir, I haue tain the baldnes till fasche ȝou vith
1602 Elphinstone Mem. 167.
I will not fasch your lordschip with farder letter at this tyme
1637 Baillie I. 10.
If I wryte seldome, yow seie I am so long that I fasch yow
(b) 1583–4 Maxwell Mem. II. 154.
War nocht I lyk nocht to fache ȝow, I culd say farder
1590 Colville Lett. 249.
It schould be onnessesar I schould fache your L[ordship] with longer letter
(c) 1609 Gardyne Garden 38.
I fash me not with Court effairs
1637 Rutherford Lett. I. 342.
Fash Christ (if I may speak so) & importune Him
1650 Carstairs Lett. 69.
Not so much because it marres fellowship with God, as because it fashes me

b. Freq. in the past pple. faschit, fashed. 1531 Bell. Boece I. 85.
He wes so faschit be inopertune solicitation of his nobillis … that he wes constranit to desist
Id. Livy II. 180/29.
For resting of thare ciete that was faschit with continuall weris
1562-3 Winȝet II. 63 marg.
Heretikis ar euir desyrous of nouelteis, and fascheit of antiquitie
1575 Edinb. B. Rec. IV. 37.
The baillies ar faschit with the impertunite of cullorit and vnfre merchanttis
c 1613 Melrose P. 121.
My Lord of Scone … is fasched with affaires which ar … weightie to him
1639 Baillie I. 150.
I … was fasched many dayes in provyding copies of it to sundrie
1645 Ib. II. 255.
We are very wearie and fashed with a long evill way

2. intr. To trouble oneself; to worry. 1585 James VI Ess. 74.
Then woundred I … how they did them selfis so farr begyle, To fashe of tyme
a1605 Montg. Ch. & Slae 583.
Gif of our fellowschip you fasch
Id. Dev. P. iii. 13.
My saull, then, fash not for a fall

3. intr. To make trouble. 1592 Acts III. 550/2.
That thai fasche not nor be hinderit thairin
1609 Gardyne Garden 38.
With faithfull friends I doe not fash
1650 Carstairs Lett. 69.
Because a body of death irkes and fashes, with breaking of peace

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