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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II). Includes material from the 1976 supplement.
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CHANGE, v. Special Sc. applications.

1. To exchange (Bnff.2, Abd.2, Edb.1 1939; Gall. 1898 E.D.D.).Sc. 1824 Scott Redgauntlet, Letter vi.:
I will change no more words with you on the subject.
Slk. 1807 Hogg Mountain Bard (1865) 88:
Turn round and change a blow with me, Or by the righteous powers aboon, I'll hew the arm from thy bodye. In phr. to be changed, of a child: to be left as a changeling. Also found in n.Lin. dial. (E.D.D.).
Ayr. 1887 J. Service Dr Duguid 201:
She was alooed to be a wonnerfu' braw woman . . . an' my granny never liked her, — said she was “changed.”

Hence changed fock, changelings.Slk. 1818 Hogg Hunt of Eildon in Brownie of Bodsbeck, etc. II. 258:
The twa witches, or fairies, or changed fock, . . . didna speak that language themselves.

2. Of milk: to turn sour (Cai.7 1939); of meat, etc.: to decompose (Sc. 1905 E.D.D. Suppl.; Bnff.2, Abd.9 1939). Also found in Eng. dial. (E.D.D.).

3. Phrases: (1) to change one's breath, to have a drink (Bnff.2, Abd.2, Fif.10, Kcb.9 1939); (2) to change one's feet, “to put on dry shoes and stockings” (Uls. 1880 W. H. Patterson Gl. Ant. and Dwn.); known to Bnff.2, Abd.19, Ags.17, Fif.1, Edb.1, Arg.1, Lnk.3 1939; (3) to change oneself, to change one's clothes; Gen.Sc. except I.Sc.(1) Ags. c.1912 (per Fif.1):
I have heard a man ask another, “D'ye care to change your breath?” — offering him a flask of whisky.
(2) Sc. 1859 E. B. Ramsay Reminisc. iv.:
She did not change her feet when she came in from the wet.
Abd.(D) publ. 1867 Mrs Allardyce Goodwife at Home xviii.:
I'm sere ye'll need to change yer feet, Ye've widden throu the mire.
m.Sc. 1922 J. Buchan Huntingtower x.:
Losh, ye're fair soppin'. And your shoon! Ye maun change your feet.
(3) Sc. 1727 P. Walker Six Saints (Fleming 1901) I. 161: 
When she came home, before she changed her self.
Sc. 1834 Wilson Noctes Amb. (1855) IV. 5:
But won't you walk into the Tent, and change yourself, sir?
Gsw. 1913 F. Niven Ellen Adair xxii.:
“Changed himself,” as he persisted in calling what his wife assured him he should call “changed my clothes.”

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