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First published 1974 (SND Vol. IX).
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THWITE, v. Also twe(e)t, twi(e)t, twaet (Sh.), tweyt (Cai.). To cut, pare or trim, esp. with a knife, to whet, whittle (Sh. a.1838 Jam. MSS. XII. 203; Cai. 1905 E.D.D.; Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928), 1914 Angus Gl.; Bwk. 1942 Wettstein). Now only dial. in Eng. The commoner Sc. form is White, q.v. Vbl.n. tweytin, gen. in pl., wood chips or shavings (Cai. 1905 E.D.D.).Sh. 1897, 1900, 1901 Shetland News (24 July, 10 Nov., 9 March):
A placid roadman “tweetin” the grass with a scythe. . . . Wi' dy knife twaetin' a heft. . . . Grippin' me joktaleg begood ta twet aff o' da corner o' ane o' da sides o' da klibber.
Cai. 1959 John o' Groat Liter. Soc. 9:
The road metal breakers coming for knapper hammer shafts — shafts which were twited down to a thin ribbon in the middle to give the maximum of “spring”.
Sh. 1967 New Shetlander No. 81. 13:
An I wid laek ta hae as weel a bit o wid at I can twaet.

[O.E. þwītan, id. For Sh. forms cf. also Norw. dial. tveita, to cleave, split, tveit, a cut, hack.]

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