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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III).
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EMBY, adv. I.Sc. variant, due to assimilation, of Sc. Inby, q.v. Usu. in phr. come emby, come further into the house, come indoors (Sh.10 1950). Also imby (Marw., Sh.10 1950). [′ɛmbi, ′embi, ′ɪmbi]Ork. 1929 Marw.:
“Come thoo emby”, i.e. indoors, near to the fire, away from the door and farther into the house; “Dunno stand there i' the cauld; come emby!”

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