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UPWITH, adv., adj., n. Also upwuth. [′ʌpwɪθ]

I. adv. Upwards, in an upward direction (Sc. 1808 Jam.; Abd. 1973); up there. Sc. 1721 J. Kelly Proverbs 24:
As mickle up with, as mickle down with. Spoken when a Man has got a quick Advancement, and as sudden Depression.
Ayr. 1858 M. Porteous Souter Johnny 30:
Ye'll wi' a braindge Jirk aff the mune, an' upwith whud.
Ags. 1879 J. Guthrie Poems 77:
And sune I'll be upwith, My dautie to see.
Fif. 1883 W. D. Latto Bodkin Papers 55:
I cuist my e'en upwuth.
ne.Sc. 1914 G. Greig Folk-Song clxiv.:
Half wye upwuth to Corskie's croon.
Abd. 1929 J. Alexander Mains and Hilly 112:
We'se awa upwuth an' see fat's deein'.

II. adj. Having an upward slope, uphill (Kcb. 1900); rising, of prices, etc. Sc. 1864 A. Wallace Sc. Tales 37:
It was a good bit upwith gate.
Bnff. 1869 W. Knight Auld Yule 28:
Wi' manfu' courage tak' the upwith brae.
Abd. 1882 W. Alexander My Ain Folk 99:
They'll be an upwith market shortly or it chates me.

III. n. Upward course; an ascent, rising ground. Phr. to the upwith, in an upward direction (Sc. 1808 Jam.). Sc. 1819 J. Rennie St Patrick II. iv.:
Spankin' along the side o' that green upwith.

[O.Sc. upwith, uphill, 1475, up along, 1504, upwards, 1513. Up + -With, suff., q.v.]

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