Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V).
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HO, n. Also hoy. Found only in phr. nae (idder, ither) ho(y) but, no (other) choice, no hope but (Abd. 1957).Abd. 1824 G. Smith Douglas 17:
An' there's nae ho, but now I maun be his.Abd. 1880 G. Webster Crim. Officer 31:
I hed nae ho but serve a criminal libel on Moir an' 's wife.Abd. 1952 Buchan Observer (13 May):
I see nae idder hoy for't but tae get redd o' the wife!
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