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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II). Includes material from the 1976 supplement.
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BLOST, v. and n. [blɔst, blost]

1. v.

(1) “To blow up” (Cai. 1905 E.D.D. Suppl.); (2) “To pant, breathe hard” (Ib.); (3) “To boast” (Ib.; Cai.7 1934).(3) Cai.(D) 1922 J. Horne Poems, etc. 52:
'E boyags an' 'e lassags Rush trokin' ower'e seas, Then blost o' foreign farlies ('E maist o'd maun be lees!)

2. n.

(1) “An explosion” (Cai.7 1935).Cai. 1911 John o' Groat Jnl. (24 Feb.):
Blost, a heated rebuke, a scolding, an explosion.

(2) “A whiff of a pipe” (Cai. 1905 E.D.D. Suppl.).

(3) “A brag, a boast” (Cai.7 1935).Cai.(D) 1922 J. Horne Poems, etc. 11:
Bit, sailin' east or roamin' west — I mak' no idle blost — I'm aye a lichtsome boyag at 'e wallie 'side 'e school.

(4) The blast of a trumpet. Cai. 1902 J. Horne Canny Countryside 158:
At 'e first blost o' 'e Archangel's bugle.

[See Bloust, Bloster, Blouster.]

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