Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).
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¶FORE-A-HAND, adj. In the oxen ploughing-team, the leading right-hand ox. Cf. Forehand, I. 1.Sc. 1816 Scott O. Mortality xiv.:
I might as weel hae tried to drive our auld fore-a-hand ox without the goad — deil a step wad she budge.
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