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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!

[Orig. due to assimilation of the consonants in hope but into hobbut [′hobbət > ′hobət] with later wrong division as ho but.]

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"Ho n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 23 Jun 2024 <>



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