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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III). Includes material from the 1976 and 2005 supplements.

COORSE, n. Gen.Sc. form of Eng. course (s.Sc. 1835 Wilson's Tales of the Borders I. 289; Per., Fif., Lth., Ayr. 1915-26 Wilson; Rxb. 1942 Zai;  Sh., Ork., Cai., Bnff., Ayr., Rxb. 2000s).  See P.L.D. § 40. [kurs]em.Sc. 2000 James Robertson The Fanatic 226:
Ye could stey on in the hoose, save some money. Ye had guid results - ye could mebbe apply for a postgraduate coorse. Ye didna ken. Ye felt like ye'd had enough o studyin for a while.

Phrs.  (1) an' coorse, of course (Bnff.2, Abd.22 1937); prob. representing obs. Eng. in course, idem. Abd.(D) 1871 W. Alexander Johnny Gibb xviii.:
That an' coorse tyeuk's up a fyou minits.
(2) in coorse, in due course, by and by (Abd. 1975). Abd. c.1807 A. Cheviot Proverbs (1896) 186:
Some one put to him the question, "Foo' ll ye win through the glens in sic a nicht?" to which he replied, "I'll gae through in coorse," and the saying became a local byeword.
(3) of coorse, af coorse, uv coorse, 'coorse. Sc. forms of Eng. of course.wm.Sc. 1985 Liz Lochhead Tartuffe 45:
But of coorse ma lovely wife would have been faur mair upset
If a man had really made advances tae ma innocent wee pet.
m.Sc. 1994 Martin Bowman and Bill Findlay Forever Yours, Marie-Lou 17:
Lift yir elbies, ah waant that tablecloath...Unless, uv coorse, yir plannin tae wire intae that jar ae peanut butter wi a spoon like ye dae at nights!

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"Coorse n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 24 Sep 2022 <http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/coorse_n>

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