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First published 2001 (DOST Vol. X).
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Thraly, Thralie, adv. [ME thrali (Cursor M.), þroly (Piers Plowman), throly (?a1400), thraly (a1400-50); Thra adj.] Eagerly, keenly, zealously; persistently; forcefully; fiercely, violently. a1400 Leg. S. vi 504.
Caryse askit at the kynge That he mycht Thomas thraly thringe In-to presone
c1420 Wynt. ii 105.
Scho gert men thraly set thaire cure Corne to wyne wytht thare culture
c1420 Wynt. ii 270.
The wemen that tym off the land Scho gert thraly be wyrkand, And mast in wolle to keme and spyn
c1420 Wynt. ii 687.
Than speryt he thraly off that land, Quha sulde be in tyll it duelland
c1420 Wynt. iii 348.
Quhen that he sawe thare that he wes Sa thraly … Infesteyde [etc.]
c1420 Wynt. v 659.
The Grekys than set thame thraly Away till have tane prewaly The bodys off thai postyllis twa
c1420 Wynt. v 1052.
Tyll all Crystynmen he prechyd, And thraly wytht hys lettrys techyd
c1420 Wynt. viii 405.
Thai set thaim thraly to declere Off that successyown the matere
c1450-2 Howlat 489 (A).
Quhen the battallis so brym … War joyned thraly in thrang
c1450-2 Howlat 918 (A) (see Thraw(i)n adv.). a1500 Rauf C. 657.
He thristit in throw thame thraly with threttis
1535 Stewart 12727.
So thralie than togidder that thai thrist, That speiris brak and birneis all did brist
1513 Doug. xii x 55.
Thai pyngill thraly quha mycht formest be … onto the wallys hie

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