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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III).
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COMPLIMENT, n. A present, gift (Bnff.2, Ags.1 1937). Arch. or dial. in this sense in Eng.Sc. 1881 A. Mackie Scotticisms 31:
She sent me a magnificent compliment last Christmas.
Fif.10 c.1900:
That was a compliment my man got when we was mairried.

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