abroad av EDD ~ adv 2 s w cties for sense 1; 4 So D Co for sense 2; 3 Gl
Do So D Co for sense 3; DC (Nfld: 1909, 1916) for sense 4.
1 Spread out.
 1963 YONGE 57-8
The fish being salted, lies 3 or 4 days, sometimes (if bad weather) 8 or 10 days, and is
then washed by the boys in salt or fresh water and laid in a pile skin upward on a platt
of beach stones, which they call a horse. After a day or thereabout, it's laid abroad on
flakes ... and here the fish dries. T 141/68-65 If you come in with a skiffload o' fish
and there's a drash o' rain last night, sails got to go abroadyou got to look to
they as well.
2 Open, apart.
1963 YONGE 57 When the header has done his work, he thrusts the fish to the other side of
the table, where sits ... a splitter, who with a strong knife splits it abroad. 1924
ENGLAND 146 He'd be like a ole dog hood wid his narsls split abroad, an' in twenty
minutes be laughin'. T 23-64 Cut un abroad, and sculp untake the pelt off of
unand leave the carcass. 1979 TIZZARD 304 Every squid would have to be 'gone over'
to pick the horns (tentacles) abroad in order that they would not hang in a bunch and
therefore not dry so well.
3 In pieces, asunder.
 1792 CARTWRIGHT ii, 77 ... when the mast, which was very
heavy, heeling to the other, I expected she would have fallen abroad. 1920 GRENFELL &
SPALDING 112 Some of the goods are dropped with such a thud that the packages 'burst
abroad.' 1933 MERRICK 225 He said his father, who has something of a reputation as a
gunsmith, could 'take it abroad' and with the simple aid of a file and some old screws
make it like new. T 50/2-64 An' they had to do that right too. If they didn't it be all
no good. They had to rip it all abroad again. 1975 POCIUS 15 Picking the wool involved
taking a small clump of wool into the hand, and pulling it apart, or 'abroad,' with the
fingers using a teasing action.
4 Of a field of ice,
separated in fragments or 'pans'; broken up; esp with go, run (1979 Nfld
Qtly Fall, p. 25).
1909 GRENFELL1 31 The ice was
now 'all abroad,' which I was sorry for, for there was a big safe pan not twenty yards
away from me. 1916 DUNCAN 130 As they say on the coast, the ice had 'gone abroad.' 1924
ENGLAND 70 That afternoon the glass took a decided turn and the sky cleared. The ice
began to 'go abroad' a bit. T 78-64 The fog filled in an' the ice runned an' begin to go
abroad, an' they never got to the land. 1972 BROWN 78 If that gale ye see brewin' to the
south-east comes on as quick as I expect it will, and the ice stretches abroad ... we're
liable to be out here for the night.
5 In fig. senses go
abroad: to overturn (a state of affairs).
1974 CAHILL 10 ...
if St George's electoral district is gone off half-cocked for the wrong side this early
in the night, then she's liable to be all gone abroad.
scared abroad: to be frightened to death.
P 148-71 An adult
knows ghost story is not true but is based on true experience of the author, but a child
would get scared abroad when he reads the part where Flora sees an apparition.
wing a cove abroad: to proceed with all sails set directly
through a harbour entrance (C 67-7).