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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II).
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BLACK GATE, n. “The road to ruin, the broad road” (Bnff.2 1934). Also used as cogn. obj. (see second quot.).Mry.2 1935:
Maugre ma heid, he wud tak the black gate.
Ags. 1838 Montrose Standard (1 Feb.) 3/4; Ags.1 1934; ne., w.Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.:
I never yet heard of ony o' my relations gaen the black gate.

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