dree one's weird

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English[edit]

Verb[edit]

dree one’s weird (third-person singular simple present drees one's weird, present participle dreeing one's weird, simple past and past participle dreed one's weird)

  1. (UK dialectal, Scotland, Northern England) To submit to one's fate.
    • 1874, James Thomson, The City of Dreadful Night, V:
      he must dree his weird;
      Renounce all blessings for that imprecation,
      Steal forth and haunt that builded desolation,
    • 1898, G Firth Scott, The Last Lemurian, Ayer 1978, p. 81:
      Where she waits, there must I go, surrendering all else, forgetting all else, to dree my weird and hers.
    • 1925, L. Adams Beck, Glorious Apollo, Dodd, Mead & Co., p. 299:
      Her eyes were dry and bright as she replied: ‘I must dree my weird, as we say in the north.’

Scots[edit]

Phrase[edit]

tae dree one’s weird

  1. To surrender to one's fate.
    • 1846, He has meikle to answer for to you, Saunders, and I have mair; and to me he has—but I maun dree my weird. — Michael Scott, The Cruise of the Midge (Franklin Library, p. 158)