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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Deil(l, Dele, n.1 [ME. dele (14th c.), contracted form of Devil.] A, or the, devil. c1450-2 Howlat 799.
Quhat dele alis thé?
a1500 Seven S. 512.
Ȝour callit son, ȝone dele
c1500 Rowll Cursing 145.
I, devill of deillis, I ȝow condame
a1508 Kennedy Flyt. 259.
Generit betuix ane sche beir and a deill
c1500-c1512 Dunb. xxvii. 54.
Off all his denner … His breist held deill a bit
1560 Rolland Seven S. 1248.
The deill bedryte ȝow
Ib. 2548.
Quhair deilgat we this freir?
a1570-86 Maitland Maitl. F. xcv. 6.
I trow the mekle deill thame gydis
1603 Philotus cliii.
I gat … A deill vnto my dame
1652 Peebles B. Rec. II. 2.
The said Iames Haldine … sayd: Deill nor he break his neck if that he served upon these termes

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