from The Century Dictionary.

  • Down the way.


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  • "But I would be tied down-by love," she pointed out.

    Yon Ill Wind Anthony, Piers 1996

  • "But I would be tied down-by love," she pointed out.

    Yon Ill Wind Anthony, Piers 1996

  • Otherwise it would surely have been forced down-or even shot down-by the automatic airspace traffic control installations.

    Mystery of the Anti Scheer, Karl 1976

  • Strome where you were to-day and look at the skiffs and gabberts in the port down-by, and the sight never failed to put frolic in the blood of him.

    Doom Castle Neil Munro

  • About the castle down-by his Grace has a corps of all kinds that you might pick from nine times out of ten without striking an honest man.

    Doom Castle Neil Munro

  • After all, there are more Drimdarrochs than one in the Highlands, for the name means just 'the place at the back of the oak-wood or the oaken shaw,' and oaks are as plentiful hereabout as the lawyers are in the burgh down-by.

    Doom Castle Neil Munro

  • "You're in luck indeed," said he; "for there's Drimdarroch -- all that's left of it to me: the land itself is in the hands of my own doer, Petullo the writer down-by, and scab seize his bestial!"

    Doom Castle Neil Munro

  • Clan Diarmaid must have got it first by raiding in some Appin stye, as Petullo my doer down-by says.

    Doom Castle Neil Munro

  • "And how are they all down-by?" meaning at Mr Snow's house, by

    Janet's Love and Service 1859

  • "You had better gang up and see them, Mr. Cargill," said Mr.. Dods; "for it's maybe the last sight ye may see of Miss Mowbray -- they say she is to be married and off to England ane of thae odd-come-shortlies, wi 'some of the gowks about the Waal down-by."

    St. Ronan's Well Walter Scott 1801


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