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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Forout, Forowt, prep. Also: forut, foroute, -owte, -howte; fore-owt(e. [ME. (rare) forowte (c 1350), OE. forútan. cf. Foroutin.]

1. Without.Freq. in phrases used as rhyme-tags, as forout abade, bade, chesone, delay, hone, ma, wene.(a) 1375 Barb. v. 386.
Douglas … enterit in forout debat
Ib. viii. 483.
Thair fayis … strak on thame forout sparing
a1400 Leg. S. ii. 167.
Mesure thi gret foly, And sla na man fore-out sake
1393 Reg. Morton ii. 190.
It sal be leful tyl him … for oute gaynsaying [etc.]
?1438 Alex. 6729.
Ȝe … reiffis, forout agane-geving
c1420 Ratis R. 1579.
Gyf God ordanit ilke thinge, For to endur for-out failȝeing
1481 Fam. Kilravock 145.
I sall nocht delyuer na ovt gywe na mater … for ovt the avice … off thir forsaidis personis
(b) 1375 Barb. iii. 289.
Quha tais purpos … And followis it … For-owt fayntice or yheit faynding
a1400 Leg. S. iv. 250.
Thai lad it in a bate, … Forowt maste, ayre, or stere
a 1380 Rep. Hist. MSS. Var. Coll. V. 77.
He aucht nocht to ga owte of his possession forowte the Kyngis brefe
c1420 Wynt. viii. 5512.
He for-owt gruchyng Delyveryt hym off coursis thre
1497 Douglas Chart. 166.
Forowt fraud, gyll, cawillatioune, in tym to cum
1605 Stewart Mem. 114.
Having consawit ane deidlie hetreint … aganis the said complener forowt ony jwst caws

2. Without reckoning, besides. a1400 Leg. S. vi. 436.
Thare ware baptiste … Alefyne thousand of men, Foroute barnys ore wemen

3. Outside. ?1438 Alex. i. 2139.
Ane great melly … That thay forout the ȝet had maid

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