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First published 1965 (SND Vol. VI).

OUTRED, v., n. [ut′rɛd]

I. v. 1. To disentangle, extricate (Rxb. 1802 J. Sibbald Chron. Sc. Poetry Gl.; Sc. 1808 Jam.), specif. to clear oneself from encumbrances, as by paying off a debt (Jam.). Hence ¶outredder, Redeemer.Kcb. 1715 Kcb. MS. Testaments (11 Jan.):
Wee . . . confirme the said Agnes Hamiltone in only executrix dative to the said defunct with full power to her to . . . outred debts to creditors.
Sc. 1879 P. H. Waddell Isaiah xliv. 6:
E'en sae quo' the Lord, in Isra'l that's Bunemaist; his outredder an' a', that's the Lord o' hosts.

2. To fit out, equip fully.Sc. 1743 Edb. Commiss. Test. MSS. CVII.:
Two pairs of new wheels not yet outred.

II. n. 1. A clearing up, conclusion, settlement.Abd. 1768 A. Ross Helenore (S.T.S.) 91:
Had o' the bargain we made an outred, We's nae be heard upo' the midden head.

2. What is cleared up, rubbish (Sc. 1808 Jam.).

3. Clear profit, return for one's expense (Sh. 1964).

[Out + Redd, to clear up or out. O.Sc. outred, to clear from debt, 1462, equipment, 1489, clearance, 1582.]

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