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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I).
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BACK-HAN', adj. Overdue. [-hɑ(:)n See P.L.D. §§ 64, 124.]Bch. 1915 (per Abd.15):
We had to pey up the back-han' rent, fan we took again, an' noo we're jist the year ahin'.

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"Back-han' adj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 20 May 2024 <>



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