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  1. (Britain, dialect, Scotland) Over against.
    He lives anenst the church.
    • c. 1610, Ben Jonson, The Alchemist, 1816, William Gifford (editor), The Works of Ben Jonson, Volume 4, page 88,
      He shall have a bel, that's Abel; / And by it standing one whose name is Dee, / In a rug gown, there's D, and Rug, that's drug: / And right anenst him a dog snarling er, / There's Drugger, Abel Drugger. That's his sign. / And here's now mystery and hieroglyphic!
  2. (Britain, dialect, Scotland) About; concerning; anent.
    He said nothing anenst this particular.

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