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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Daker, Dacker, v.1 Also: daiker. [Of obscure origin. The same forms in Eng. dial. (1668–) and later Sc. differ widely in meaning.] tr. To search or ransack (a house) for stolen goods or other illegality. Also Dakering vbl. n.Also with a person, or the goods sought for, as object, and absol., to make search.(a) 1595 Misc. Spald. C. II. 129.
Ye ar indytit … for the thifteous steling, and consaling of tua scheip … & the officiar … commandit to daker your hous thairfor
Ib. 130.
Gif the officiar … had bene sufferit to dakerit the rest of your hous
1700 Ib. III. 185.
He went and daikered their house and could not find it [sc. the sheep]
(b) 1622 Urie Baron Ct. 46.
That Georg Dewiny and Alexander Duthie … sall … as officiars … dacker, searche and seik all stowin guids
1634 Ann. Banff. 251.
The bailyie, haiffing causit searche, seik, and dacker the duelling housis … and haiffing fund certane new slayne blak fisches
1637 Ib. I. 78.
Ane brusche, ane comb, & certane wthir geir all fund with eftir dackering and searsching
1700 Misc. Spald. C. III. 183.
Peter Broune … offered that the woman should be dackered, and made a sham kind of dackering after the money wes gone

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