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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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HALIDAY, n. Also haly-, hoaliday. Sc. variants of Eng. holiday, used both metaph. and attrib. For explanation of first vowel see Halie. [′helɪde]Sc. 1702 R. Blau Libamina 18:
I shall give you your Haliday's name, i.e. paint you in your true colours.
Sc. 1728 Ramsay Poems (S.T.S.) II. 106:
Keep Haly-day on ilka Howm, With Gowan Garlands gird your Brows.
Rnf. 1829 R. Chambers Sc. Songs 687:
O, bonnie Mary Hay, it is haliday to me, When thou are couthie, kind, and free.
Gsw. 1987 Peter Mason C'mon Geeze Yer Patter! 39:
He's got a month's hoaliday at the BAR-L. He's being incarcerated in Barlinie Prison for 30 days.
m.Sc. 1994 Martin Bowman and Bill Findlay Forever Yours, Marie-Lou 16:
We hid been invited tae ma Mum's sister' Auntie Marguerite's...ah think it wis durin the hoalidays...evrubdy wis thair...the haill faimly...

[O.Sc. haliday, etc. from a.1400.]

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