from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Toward the interior; nearer to; specifically, in coal-mining, toward the interior of a mine, and away from the shaft or other place where the surface is reached: the opposite of outby. Also in-over.
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But we got him made gey snod, an 'syne we gaed inby to the ben-hoose fireside, an' had
Sandy gaed inby to the shafts, but he sprang back when Princie ga'e a squeek an 'garred his heels play tnack on the boddom o' the cairt.
inby the shearer that appeared to be new, the report says.
"In that case ye need not wonder that her ladyship inby should ken all, for I'm thinking it was a very informing bit letter, though the exact wording of it has slipped my recollection.
"Guidman," she says, as soon as I got my nose by the door-cheek, "it was an awsome peety that ye werena inby this afternoon.