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REBUT, n., v. Also †rebute. [rə′bʌt, †rə′bøt]

I. n. 1. Repulse. Ayr. a.1796 Burns O, Steer her up ii.:
Ne'er break your heart for ae rebute.

2. A rebuke, reproach. Arch. in eclectic usage only. Sc. 1871 P. H. Waddell Psalms I. 17:
Sen ye wad ne'er thole a rebute; an' my bidden ahint yo ye flang?

II. v. 1. To repulse, discourage (Sc. 1782 J. Sinclair Ob. Sc. Dial. 212).

2. To rebuke. Sc. 1879 P. H. Waddell Isaiah xvii. 13:
Bot Himsel, he sal sairly rebute them, an' syne they sal rowe far awa.

3. Curling: To play a curling shot with great force at a late stage of the game so that one's stone may drive opposing stones away from the tee and leave the ice clear for the next shot to be played by one's side. Ayr. 1830 R. Brown Mem. Curl. Mab. 22:
Rebutting, is, towards the end of the game, when the ice is blocked up, and the aspect of the game hopeless or desperate, to run the gauntlet through the same.
Sc. 1890 J. Kerr Hist. Curling 404:
To rebut or drive a thunderbolt up among double and treble guards when the game was hopeless or desperate, and to cannon, or make a guard butt off the winner and follow in so as to lie shot, were two favourite points by which the ancient curlers were wont to win distinction.

[O.Sc. rabut, reproach, c.1470, rebute, id., a.1585, reboit, to repulse, repel, 1375. The form rebute is obs. in Eng. and is paralleled in O.Fr. by the form reboter, rebuter, to repulse.]

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