Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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SAKE, n. Also sic(k). Sc. usages in phrs. of adjuration or surprise: 1. for onie sake, for Heaven's sake, by all means. Gen.Sc.; 2. sakes me!, sakes preserve us!, dear me, goodness gracious, in the name of goodness! (Cai., Ayr. 1969). Modifications of Eng. for God's sake. 1. Sc. 1824 S. Ferrier Inheritance I. xv.:
For any sake let us have one night of peace and rest.
Per. 1896 I. MacLaren K. Carnegie 168:
For ony sake keep ae chair for sittin' on.
2. m.Lth. 1857 Misty Morning 266:
Dear sick's me! my puir Mawcum!
m.Lth. 1884 J. Plenderleith Kittlegairy Vacancy 99:
Sakes me! it's perfectly awful, the effecks of avarice.
Abd. 1920 C. L. Hay When the Cat's Awa 7:
Sakes preserv's a', fat's happen't.

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"Sake n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 26 Sep 2020 <>



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