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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I).
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AT, 'AT, conj. That. Gen.Sc. [ət]

1. General usage.Sh.(D) 1924 T. Manson Humours Peat Comm. III. 57:
Shu's sae aaber ta go ŏ. ŏ. ŏ. at shu'll pit on onything.ŏ
Ork. 1929 Marw.:
I tellt him at I could no come.
Cai.(D) 1928 “Caithness Forum” in John o' Groat Jnl. (10 Feb.):
She heer'd 'at hid wis Walter R. T. Budge.
Mry.(D) 1897 J. Mackinnon Braefoot Sketches xvii.:
Tell ye me 'at they're caul'.
Abd. 1920 C. Murray In the Country Places 37:
To think 'at we're sinners.
Ags. 1889 J. M. Barrie W. in Thrums ii.:
There's nae doot 'at he's makkin for the minister's.
Edb. 1900 E. H. Strain Elmslie's Drag-Net 12:
You'll maybe find 'at that's no the only leak aboot the place.
s.Sc. 1873 Murray Ruth, D.S.C.S. 247:
Aa' the fuok o oor toon kæns at (y)e're a deacent wumman.

2. Comb.: At hoo (“that how”) = that.Sc. 1909 Colville 168:
The “as that” in the Cumberland, “He said as that he wasn't cumin,” is “'at hoo” (that how) in Lowland Scots.
Ags.1 1927:
“If your dog comes into my gairden again, tell your father at hoo he'll be laid up in a string.”

[For origin see At, dem. pron. At, conj., is freq. in O.Sc. till c.1500 and in Mid.Eng. (northern). — The I.Sc. word is from O.N. at, conj.]

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