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  • adv. Alternative form of forby.
  • prep. Alternative form of forby.


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  • Similarly, the elder son, Alec's uncontrollable murderous rages are explained away by his being a man; and the fact that his sister, Jenny, is a kept woman — well, that is forgiven because sex is woman's only way out, and the wages of her sin will get her parents a new flat with "hot rinnin water an a park forbye!"

    'Men Should Weep' marvels

  • Well, the last chapter, by far the most difficult and ungrateful, is well under way, I have been from six to seven hours upon it daily since I last wrote; and that is all I have done forbye working at Samoan rather hard, and going down on Wednesday evening to the club.

    Vailima Letters

  • And then, to run would seem an admission of guilt, forbye.

    A Breath of Snow and Ashes

  • But I shouldna think it was a happy death, forbye.

    Drums of Autumn

  • She is a woman, forbye, and will know you in ways I cannot.

    Drums of Autumn

  • ‘It will be a pleasure – forbye we have naewhere else to gae.’

    My Bones Will Keep

  • Dan is no model to follow, "says he;" forbye, your head is not so strong, if that be any excuse for drink and devilry on his pairt.

    The McBrides A Romance of Arran

  • "'I have provoked my cousin,' he said, 'and wounded and maybe killed him, and I am owing him my life forbye,' and I ran to be waiting for you, and locked my door on all of them, even my mother."

    The McBrides A Romance of Arran

  • There's nae real Presbyterians there, forbye me an '

    St. Cuthbert's

  • "It's mebbe no 'Solomon's exact words, but it's gey like them: 'A time to pit on the goon an' a time to tak 'aff the coat' -- an 'it's the yae kin' o 'proheebeetion that's ony guid forbye," said the other.

    St. Cuthbert's


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