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  • prep. Alternative form of forby.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prep. Near; hard by; along; past. See forby.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See forby.


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  • 'You'll be wanting brothers and sisters for him foreby, I warrant.'

    The Falcons of Montabard

  • He thinks he hasn't anythin 'foreby he can't see it.

    The Primrose Ring

  • An 'the stars will be out there makin' it bright -- so bright -- foreby the stars are the faeries 'old rush-lights.

    The Primrose Ring

  • An 'ses ah,' Weel, if ah hed a nice braw husband to gang to the kirk wi 'me foreby, it's a braw spicy goon ah'd be wearin' -- an 'ah'm thinkin' o 'gettin' a gray poplin the day, mebby. '

    'Lizbeth of the Dale

  • Ah've got a buggie, ye ken, an 'a coo o' ma ain ', foreby a settin'

    'Lizbeth of the Dale

  • "Ah wush we could hae a bit strathspey frae the pipes to march wi 'to the kirk, foreby."

    The End of the Rainbow

  • And on the morn next, S. Fiacre took his leave of S. Pharon, which gave to him his blessing, and when S. Fiacre had received it, he departed and went to the place beforesaid, where he founded a church in the honour and reverence of our Blessed Lady, and beyond it, a little way thence, he builded a little house wherein he dwelled, and there harboured he the poor that passed foreby.

    The Golden Legend, vol. 7

  • A clerk then that passed there foreby, heard their sighing, and having pity on them that were nigh dead, kneeled down to the earth, and remembering the new canonisation of the blessed S. Louis, sore weeping, made for the foresaid men his prayer to him, and after his prayer was done he saw folk coming that way.

    The Golden Legend, vol. 7

  • 'I have more than one gossip there, foreby Sister Avice, who was godchild to Aunt Cis; and if the good lady would wish to see the hospital, I would bear her company with all my heart.'

    The Caged Lion

  • So the Scotch giant ran out of the house, and never stopped to eat or drink until he got back to his own hills, foreby he was nearly drowned in having mistaken his passage across the Channel in his great hurry.

    Peter Simple; and, The Three Cutters, Vol. 1-2


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