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1Chiefly English regional (west.) and Welsh English. In singular and (more usually) in plural Land on the side of a hill; sloping ground.
2Agriculture. Either of the two strips of land at either side of a ploughed field.
Chiefly English regional (west.). Of land or ground: sloping; hilly. Now rare.
Early 18th century; earliest use found in Edward Lisle (??1666–1722). From side + land.
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