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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V).
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HEIDLINS, adv. Also -langs (Sc. 1880 Jam.), headlins. Headlong, precipitately (n.Sc. 1808 Jam.; I.Sc., Bnff. 1956).Abd. p.1768 A. Ross Works (S.T.S.) 173:
And headlins stoited o'er into the moss.
Fif. 1827 W. Tennant Papistry Storm'd 135:
Headlins hurryin' frae their doors, Out-ran in thousands to the Scores.
Sc. 1907 D. Macalister Echoes (1923) 127:
Slauchter an' fricht on ilka han' — Some headlins rin, some bleedin stan'.

[O.Sc. heidlingis, id., from 1562, Mid.Eng. hedlynges. For -langs variant, cf. O.Sc. hiedlang, c.1500 and Eng. headlong from earlier headling.]

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