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First published 1971 (SND Vol. VIII). Includes material from the 1976 supplement.
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SCROW, n.2 Also skrow (Jam.). A sudden heavy shower of rain as in thunder or on the hills (n.Sc. 1808 Jam.; Ags. 1905 E.D.D., Suppl.; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B., ne.Sc., Ags., Per. 1969); a rain-squall (Mry. 1921 T.S.D.C.). See Scow, n.3 [skrʌu]Sc. 1823 Scots Mag. (May) 572:
Sit down, ladies, till that scrow of a shower gang bye.
Per. 1895 I. Maclaren Brier Bush 230:
A ‘scrowie' being as far short of a ‘shoor' as a ‘shoor' fell below ‘weet'.
Kcd.1 1925:
We haed a scrowie o' rain the streen.

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