busk (v.)

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busk (v.)
"to prepare, to dress oneself," also "to go, set out," c.1300, probably from O.N. buask "to prepare oneself," reflexive of bua "to prepare" (see bound (adj.2)). Most common in northern M.E. and surviving chiefly in Scottish and northern English dialect. Related boun had the
same senses in northern and Scottish M.E.
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