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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II).
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1. A blast (of wind), a downpour (of rain).n.Sc. 1808 Jam.:
A heavy fall of rain is called “a blad of weet.”
Ags. 1874 Kirriemuir Observer (6 Nov.) 4/2; Ags.2 1934:
Atween the big blads o' rain an' ither henders we got, it was a dreich hairst till's.
Per. 1857 J. Stewart Sketches 13:
It scougs . . . Frae the blaud o' the wind an' the scud o' the shower.
w.Sc. 1887 Jam.6; Dmf. c.1900 (per Slg.3):
A great or sudden blast of wind is also called a blaud.

2. A stroke or blow.Sc. 1826 Scott Woodstock xx.:
A hungry tyke ne'er minds a blaud with a rough bane.
Abd. 1790 A. Shirrefs Gloss.:
To give a blaud to any one, to give him a slap or blow.
Edb. 1791 J. Learmont Poems 170:
Ye've mair to fear frae it, my lads, Than ony faemen's dirks or blads.
Ayr. 1841 J. Paton Orig. Songs and Poems 14:
Whar he fell wi' a blawd on the bredth o' his back.
Kcb. 1789 D. Davidson Seasons 78:
Wha gied them mony a donsy blaad.
Dmf. 1834 H. Johnston Poems 18:
Thou wanton witless weaver lad, That fell'd my chuckie wi' a blad.

3. fig. Abuse.Sc. 1929 Scots Observer (31 Oct.) 16/5:
Nane o' yer blauds o' wind an' blashes o' cauld mortality.
Rxb. 1808 A. Scott Poems 122:
The fray began wi' verbal blads, And words that werena bonny.

[O.Sc. blad, blawd, blaid, n., a bodily injury or affection, from the v. blad, blaud, blawd, blaid. See etym. note to Blaud, v.]

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