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First published 1976 (SND Vol. X).
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WITH, adv. Also wi', wuth. Only in phr. to lay me, thee (dee) wi(th), to lay deir withs, to put my, your (their) back(s) into it, to exert yourself (themselves) (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928), lay dee wi'; Ork. 1929 Marw., gen. used in imper. coaxingly , Ork. 1974).Ork. 1880 Dennison Sketch-Bk. 77:
I laid me with to pu' you oot o' the gules.
Ork. 1931 J. Leask Peculiar People 133:
Ae bony foreneun i' hairst a hale swad o' wives waar layan deir withs leithfilly, shairin' an' kempan.

[Cf. Faer. leggja sǣr við, id., O.N. leggja sik allan við, to do one's best, match oneself against. In the phr. with the poss. pron., the adv. has been misconstrued as a n. The form wi is on analogy with Wi, with. ]

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