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  • He was able in a measure to continue them through the anxious and unquiet months of the succeeding winter and spring -- bearing faithful testimony to the principles, religious and political, which he had long professed; standing up resolutely in defence of the authority of the young prince, when many, who had formerly sworn allegiance to him, led by the intriguing laird of Lethington and the "fause" house of Hamilton, went over to the party of his popish mother.

    The Scottish Reformation Its Epochs, Episodes, Leaders, and Distinctive Characteristics

  • “But she threeps to keep on a black fause-face, and skirls if we offer to take it away.”

    The Surgeon's Daughter

  • “But worthy Mr. Prendergast is clear of its lawfulness; and I hae gotten used to it, and made a decent living, though I never make out a fause reckoning, or give ony ane the means to disorder reason in my house.”

    Chronicles of the Canongate

  • Presbyterians, there was always mingled a glow of national feeling, and Jeanie, trembled at the idea of her name being handed down to posterity with that of the “fause Monteath,” and one or two others, who, having deserted and betrayed the cause of their country, are damned to perpetual remembrance and execration among its peasantry.

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • “Why, then, woman, did ye not apply to me, if there was only real need? — but there was none, ye fause-hearted vassal that ye are!”

    Old Mortality

  • “And the Pow – Burn, and the Quarry-holes, and the Gusedub, ye fause loon!” answered Master George, speaking Scotch with a strong and natural emphasis; “it is such land-loupers as you, that, with your falset and fair fashions, bring reproach on our whole country.”

    The Fortunes of Nigel

  • There are few youths have sic true judgment as you, respecting the wisdom of their elders; and, as for this fause, traitorous smaik, I doubt he is a hawk of the same nest.

    The Fortunes of Nigel

  • “Haud your tongue for a fause fleeching loon!” said the king, but with a smile on his face that showed the flattery had done its part.

    The Fortunes of Nigel

  • BW glossary: ain: own auld: old cannae: cannot fause: false hae: have hairt: heart haud: hold ma: my mair: more nae: no sae: so tae: to wi ': with

    Sodger Laddie

  • ‘There would hae been no surprise, for we heard he played fause with his father,’ said Mrs Corrie.

    My Bones Will Keep


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  • I would like to record the usage of fause from the saying As fause as a fox -- meaning as cunning as a fox. Hardly anyone seems to have heard it, but it seems a pity that it might be forgotten. I encountered it in Lancashire, UK.

    January 27, 2010

  • Heard what?

    January 27, 2010