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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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ADREICH, ADREIGH, adv. At a distance. [ə′driç]Sc. 1715 A. Ramsay Chr. Kirk (1718) ii. vi.:
He stood na lang a dreigh.
Sc. 1832 A. Henderson Sc. Proverbs 136:
On painting and fighting look adreigh.
[In A. Hislop's Sc. Prov. (1862) 158 the same prov. has the spelling adreich. See Abeich, quot. from Kelly Prov.]m.Sc. 1986 Tony McManus in Joy Hendry Chapman 43-4 169:
An they hae nae need o kisses fu on wine-reid lips,
And, adreigh o ettlins vain and o plichts wid gar them fear,
Hae, insteed o a hert, an organ teuch an gleidless,
A regular gowkie nock, guaranteed ten year.

[Same origin as dreich and dree, q.v. O.E. drēogan, to endure. The word occurs in Middle Eng. and Middle Sc.; in the latter it is written on dreich, a dreich.]

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