A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)
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First published 2001 (DOST Vol. X).
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To-, prefix2 [ME and OE to-.] a. With verbs expressing separation, movement away, usu. the violent movement of breaking, smashing, etc.: Asunder, apart, in pieces. See Toblaister v., etc. b. With verbs where the idea of separation or breaking is not appropriate, used as an intensive expressing an extreme: Utterly, completely. Chiefly in early verse and Doug. See To baith v., etc.
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