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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Clat, Clate, v. [Of obscure origin. Common in later Sc. and north Eng. dial. as claut, clawt.]

1. tr. To paw violently. 1596 Dalr. I. 30/1.
This ox or bull was sa baulde that … the dogis … he regardet nocht, bot walde clate him with his cluifes

2. To scrape, to clean by scraping. 1656 Glasgow B. Rec. II. 325.
The foulnes … of the commoune calsay … wald be eisilie mendit give evrie nychtbour … wald tak pains to clat the calsay weiklie foiranent themselfis
1685 Ib. III. 371.
Peoples letting middings and fulȝie ly therupon and not clatting the streets as they owght to doe
That the streets be clated and made clean once every week

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