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First published 1965 (SND Vol. VI).
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OUT-THIRLE, n. Collectively, the number of those who have their grain ground at a mill, though not astricted to it. Also attrib. Cf. Outsucken and Thirl.Bwk. 1758 Session Papers, Lumisdaine v. Fiar (5 Jan.) 22, 27:
The Out-thirle Duties are a Peck in six Firlots. . . . The Out-thirlers pay a Peck of Shealling for each six Firlots.
Sc. 1781 Caled. Mercury (14 July):
The mill has command of water at all seasons, and has an extensive out-thirle.

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