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First published 1965 (SND Vol. VI). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.

LAVE, n.1 Also laive, laeve, leave; leve; lyaave (Abd.15 1930); lae (Ayr. 1790 J. Fisher Poems 105). What is left over, the rest, the remainder, the others, of persons or things. Gen.Sc. Phr. ane amang the lave, one among many, one more of the kind (ne.Sc. 1960). [le:v]Sc. 1721 Ramsay Poems (S.T.S.) I. 162:
And ca' ilka ane concern'd a simple Fool, Excepting some, wha a' the leave will nick.
Abd. 1754 R. Forbes Jnl. from London 31:
Bat the leave o' the gentles wis drinkin wine a'fouth.
Sc. 1783 Fair Annie in Child Ballads No. 62 E. xx.:
The leve I'll keep to your sister Jane For tocher she gat nane.
Ayr. 1790 Burns Whistle o'er the Lave i.:
Now we're married, spier nae mair, But — whistle o'er the lave o't!
Sc. 1816 Scott O Mortality vi.:
I'll pay the lave out o' the butter siller.
Slk. 1820 Hogg Tales (1874) 241:
There will be mony actions that ye'll rue, an' this last will be ane amang the lave.
Fif. 1864 W. D. Latto T. Bodkin xxiii.:
Fickle fortune … had cruelly neglected to provide him wi' an' arle-penny like the lave.
Ork. 1880 Dennison Sketch-Bk. 6:
The captain ordered twa o' his men tae gaird the ootside, while he an' the lave geed in tae luck for the laird.
Kcb. 1893 Crockett Raiders xxxix.:
But for Thy glory tak' the Laird o' Lag an' a' the lave o' the Malignants in Thine ain hand.
Sc. 1895 Stevenson Songs of Travel 1:
Give to me the life I love, Let the lave go by me.
Ags. 1915 V. Jacob Songs 4:
Gin I mind mysel' an' toil for the lave o' my days.
Slg. 1929 Scotch Readings (Paterson) 3:
Maggie's like the lave o' weemen folk; they're a' the same.
Sc. 1983 John McDonald in Joy Hendry Chapman 37 44:
Dumfoonert craturs ruggin mang
whummelt biggins; the lave shauchlin,
shauchlin forrit bairns claucht tae breists,
shauchlin forrit ...
wm.Sc. 1986 Robert McLellan in Joy Hendry Chapman 43-4 31:
Puir sowl. We'll let him aff the lave. He's waik.
em.Sc. 1988 James Robertson in Joy Hendry Chapman 52 71:
' ... It wis a Thursday nicht whan this thing happened, pey-nicht, an the baurs wis stowed wi fowk takkin a dram an a pint or twa afore they cairried the lave o their wages hame.'
m.Sc. 1991 Robert Calder in Tom Hubbard The New Makars 139:
He's whiles been juist a trace ahint the lave?
(Ilk morn he hes the fower chafts tae shave).
Abd. 1996 Sheena Blackhall Wittgenstein's Web 2:
..., bit the fowk in the toun cudna spikk the braid Scots o the kintra nur gie their wirds the saft lilt that auld Attie spakk, the Scots burr that set the fowk o the Howe apairt frae the lave o the Nor-East.

Phr. an a the lave o't, and all the rest of it, and so on, et cetera.Rnf. 1807 R. Tannahill Poems (1900) 16:
On fashions tap weel drive awa, Whip, spur, an a the lave o't.
Slk. 1810 Hogg Tales (1874) 157:
For a' the wife's high pretensions to religious zeal, an' faith, an' hope, an' a' the lave o't.
Sc. 1818 Scott Rob Roy vi.:
Trouts, grilses, salmon, and a' the lave o't.

[O.Sc. lafe, lave, id., 1375, O.E. lāf, what is left, lǣfan, to leave.]

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