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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).
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FAT, Fatt, n. Sc. forms of Eng. vat, a tub, a wooden vessel (Sh.10 1951). Now obs. in Eng. The unaccented form fit(t) is found in combs. as in cheese-fitt, a cheese vat (Ags. 1739 MS. per Fif.1), salt fit (Id.), a salt cellar. Cf. notes to Chessart, Saut.Inv. 1721 Steuart Letter-Bk. (S.H.S.) 146:
The confusion in trade last winter has occasioned a good deall of last years Salmond to remain yet on hand here, and in the fatts unpacked.
Lnk. c.1779 D. Graham Writings (1883) II. 14:
The foaming swats and spice in the liquor set John's belly a bizin like a working fat.
Sc. 1818 Scott Rob Roy xxvii.:
That chield's aye for being out o' the cheese-fat he was moulded in.

[O.Sc. fat (a.1350), O.E. fæt, id. The v of the Eng. form is due to s.Eng. dial.]

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