after prep EDD ~ prep 6 (2) 'completed action' Sc Ir; JOYCE 84-5;
DINNEEN diaidh: i ndiaidh, after'; éis: d'éis 'after, behind' ('he has just
struck him'). In idiom be after (doing something): to have (done); to have
completed an action; to have already (done); to have just (done).
1897 WILLSON 38 [They were] patiently waiting until they could
unfold their grievances or their demands to the 'skipper,' as Sir William is called. For
they are 'afther having nothing else in the world to do.' 1910 Nfld Qtly Oct, p.
23 Mr Williams, sir, you're after makin' a mistake, sir, the corpse is wakin' in the
bedroom. 1940 Fortnightly cliii, Apr, p. 403 Several told him, 'he was after
bein' a fool.' T 43/8-64 I'm not old enough to be after doin' too much work anywhere, an'
I've spent four years overseas. T 55/7-64 She come an' called me just as plain as if you
called me. I knew there was something after happened her. T 75/8-64 And there was an
island pan after driving along. They brought us in about half a mile of Careless Point,
and dumped us out on the island pan. 1966 SZWED 66 Some poor fellers are after courting
for 6 or 7 years, just trying to get a little money to buy a house. 1970 JANES 37 How
many times am I after tellin' you? But it's all no good. I could talk till I'm blue in
the face, and you'd still just sit there mumblin' and grumblin' like a ole nannygoat.
1977 Nfld Qtly Summer, p. 6 He told me the story; all hands was after leaving her,
cook and all. She was an old vessel and they didn't like her. 1980 Evening Telegram
17 Mar, p. 3 Deputy Mayor Ray O'Neill said... 'the provincial government is after
setting up this offshore petroleum impact committee.'