from The Century Dictionary.

  • Distraught.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb Scot. To stretch; to make straight.
  • imp. & p. p. of stretch.

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  • verb dialectal To stretch; make straight.
  • adjective obsolete Distraught.
  • verb alternative simple past and past participle of stretch


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From Scots straucht ("stretched, stretched out"). Compare Scots strauchten ("to straighten").

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From apheresis of distraught, bestraught, forstraught, etc.

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From Middle English, from Old English streahte (first and third person singular preterite) and (ġe)streaht (past participle) of streċċan ("to stretch"). More at stretch, straight.


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  • “It is written on his brow, Annie Winnie,” returned the octogenarian, her companion, “that hand of woman, or of man either, will never straught him: dead-deal will never be laid on his back, make you your market of that, for I hae it frae a sure hand.”

    The Bride of Lammermoor

  • And I'm on the final straught with Da Book --delivery end of Jul, early Aug. Thank Christ.

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  • Power, wythe his heasod [195] straught [196] ynto the skyes,

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  • Then roming vp and downe vppon the grasse, he seemed rather to be a man straught and bounde with chaines, than like one that had his wittes and vnderstanding.

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  • Anethe [123] the stronge push of mie straught [124] out speere,

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  • For muckle anes an 'straught anes. [big ones, straight]

    Robert Burns How To Know Him

  • I steppit up to Tarn and charged him simple and straught.

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  • Faith! she sat as straught as a rash, wi 'jist a hing i' the heid o 'her, like the heid o' a halm o 'wild aits.'

    Robert Falconer

  • -- Dauvid, man, ye'll hae to saiddle and ride; the doctor maun gang wi 'ye straught to

    Heather and Snow

  • I wud be surer but that I hae thoucht whiles I saw the muckle angels themsels gaein aboot, throu and throu the ondingin flauchter o 'the snaw -- no mony o' them, ye ken, but jist whiles ane and whiles anither, throu amo 'the cauld feathers, gaein aye straught wi' their heids up, walkin comfortable, as gien they war at hame in't.

    Heather and Snow


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