Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- A dialectal (Scotch) variant of goin' for going.
- n. A gallon; especially, 12 pounds of butter.
“If it's gaun badly, the last thing they'll need is some tube distractin 'them.”
“But this yin's gaun naewhere until I see fresh. pish comin 'oot him the same colour as that.”
“‘Am I no gaun to the ploy, then?’ said Maggie, in a disappointed tone.”
“Tree uv dem warrin leather gaun…gawn… big glubs, trien to holdz him down to getz da neadel owt.”
““Jenny, I am gaun to change my condition;” but she was relieved by, “Jenny, I am gaun to change my shoon.””
““Where is the silly bairn gaun?” said Dumbiedikes; and, laying hold of her hand, he led her into the house.”
““Weel, Jeanie, I am something herse the night, and I canna sing muckle mair; and troth, I think, I am gaun to sleep.””
““Haud your peace, ye knave, and hear what I have to say till ye — We are gaun a bit into the Hielands” — “Ye tauld me sae already,” replied the incorrigible”
“Garschattachin, “the Dutch were gaun to serve us the same gate, if we had not got the start of them at Utrecht.””
“All old bonds were snapped in a moment; emigration (at first opposed by some of the chiefs) and the French wars depleted the country of its “lang-leggit callants, gaun wanting the breeks.””
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