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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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ERM, n., v. Gen.Sc. form of Eng. arm. See P.L.D. § 48.1 (2) and cf. Airm. [ɛrm]Ork. 1880 Dennison Sketch-Bk. 39:
Andro fand de wind o' her erms wappan' ower his heid, an' coor'd doon i' mortal f'are o' gettin a cleeque fae the g'aist.
Ork. 1907 J. T. S. Leask in Old-Lore Misc. I. ii. 62:
Whin id waas dark aneuch dey met a' ermed, boy, an' seckan erms.
wm.Sc. 1985 Liz Lochhead Tartuffe 21:
Oh aye, ye'll be mistress o' sich cherms
When ye lie a' nicht in yir bridegroom's erms ...
wm.Sc. 1985 Liz Lochhead Tartuffe 38:
So tak' up erms, Orgon, an drive me fae yir door ...

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