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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I).
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ALENTH, Alength, A'len'th, adv. Onward, forward, chiefly fig.; advanced (= pred. adj.). [ə′lɛnθ]n.Sc. 1825 Jam.2:
1. To come alenth, to arrive at maturity. 2. To gae far alenth, to go great lengths. 3. To be far alenth, to be far advanced, to make great progress or improvement.
Abd.(D) 1882 W. Alexander Life Among My Ain Folk 161:
I thocht it richt to let you ken afore I gaed forder a-len'th.
ne.Sc. 1884 D. Grant Chron. Keckleton (2nd ed.) 130:
I thocht weel to speak to John on the subject afore the maitters sud gang further alength.
Abd.15 1928:
We hinna won far alenth yet wi' the shauvin.

[A, pref.1 + len(g)th. †Alength in Eng. mostly = along, lengthwise.]

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