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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III). Includes material from the 1976 and 2005 supplements.
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DAYLICHT, n. Also deylicht. Sc. form of Eng. daylight. Cf. day-a-licht s.v. Day, Combs., above.Abd.(D) 1871 W. Alexander Johnny Gibb xviii.:
But we thocht it time to be steppin' hamewuth afore we tint the daylicht a' thegither.
Dundee 1994 Matthew Fitt in James Robertson A Tongue in Yer Heid 177:
"Thanks fur nuthin," whuspert the young lad as he sleived owre the mannie an run doon the sterrs an oot intil the deylicht agen.
m.Sc. 1870 J. Nicholson Idylls o' Hame 113:
Day-licht is glintin' in the sky.

Phr.: not to see day('s) licht (til or for a body), to be blind to (someone's) faults (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 222; Bnff.2, Abd.9 (1940). Cf. equivalent phr. not to see licht o' day to s.v. Licht.Abd.27 1947:
His mither canna see daylicht til him, or faur he's concerned.
Ags. 1822 A. Balfour Farmers' Three Daughters I. 242:
His lassies could na see day's light to me.
em.Sc. 1947 A. Fleming Common Day i. i.:
Miss Katy . . “just couldna see daylicht for Miss Joanna, there was naethin' near guid enough for her since she went to yon foreign place.”

[O.Sc. has daylicht, etc., from 1456 (D.O.S.T.).]

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