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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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BRUIT, BRIT, Breut, n. Sc. forms of St.Eng. brute. Also used attrib. For ne.Sc. form see Breet. [brøt I.Sc., sn.Sc.; bryt, brɪt m.Sc., s.Sc.]Ork.(D) 1904 Dennison Orcad. Sk. 4:
Dan Johnnie says under his breath tae his men, “Noo, boys, haud right for de middle o' the breut.”
Fif. 1894 J. W. M'Laren Tibbie and Tam 76:
The horse, poor bruit, had been roughly taen frae the trams.
Edb. 1895 J. Tweeddale Moff xxii.:
What for wud 'e make 'ersel a brit beast — nothing.
Edb. 1997:
Clean yer shuin, ye fulthy brit!
wm.Sc. 1988 Scotsman 30 Jul 4:
"Some o the younger bucks in the pits used tae catch them and peen them tae their bunnets, and the poor brits wrigglin and rustlin their wings. And them hermless tae. It wis aye about this time o year."
Dmf.7 1930:
If a had muy wul the brit wud hie been puzhond lang seyn when he wuz a whalp.
Rxb. 1921 Kelso Chron. (13 May) 2/7:
“Man, Tam, ye shoudna take that collie o' yours tae Castrum” . . . “Ye see the bruit'll no' gang intae a public.”

[For etym. see Breet and for change of brute to brit see P.L.D. §§ 35, 86, 93.1.]

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