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nounEnglish Regional, Scottish, Northern
The way or passage out; an outlet, an exit; specifically a track or route used by cattle going out to pasture.
Old English (in an earlier sense). Cognate with or formed similarly to Old Frisian ūtgang, ūtgong, Middle Dutch utganc, uteganc, utegang (Dutch uitgang), Old High German ūzgang, ūzkang (Middle High German ūzganc, German Ausgang), Old Icelandic ūtgangr (also ūtganga), Old Swedish utganger (Swedish utgång), Danish udgang from the Germanic base of out- + the Germanic base of gang.
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