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adverbIrish English, Scottish, Northern
In a neighbourly fashion; as befits a neighbour. Now also (Scottish and Irish English (northern)): in emulation of one's neighbours; so as not to be outdone by one's neighbours.
adjectiveIrish English, Scottish, Northern
Scottish and Irish English (northern). Emulating one's neighbours; striving not to be outdone by one's neighbours.
Late Middle English. From neighbour + -like. Compare later neighbourly, neighbourly.
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