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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V).
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KEER, n., v. Also keir (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 94). ne.Sc. forms of Eng. cure. See P.L.D. § 128. [ki:r]ne.Sc. 1791 Caled. Mercury (29 Sept.):
Fow knit-kyte crowdy, meil an' thramil, Sud stap the guts, an' keir the wame-ill.
Abd. 1929 J. Alexander Mains & Hilly 90:
We'll be gart tak' the aul' keer — a gless o' salts an' sinny ilky mornin' for a fortnicht.
Abd. 1954 Banffshire Jnl. (2 Feb.):
The len' o' a drap tae pit in o' them tae see gin't wid keer them ony. . . . It's the ingin oil 't the keers in.

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