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"shame, disgrace" (obsolete or dialectal), Old English scand "ignominy, shame, confusion, disgrace; scandal, disgraceful thing; wretch, impostor, infamous man; bad woman," from the source of Old English scamu "shame" (see shame (n.)) + -þa, with change of -m- to -n- before a dental. (cf. Old Frisian skande, Dutch schande , Old High German scanda, German Schande "disgrace"). Also in early Modern English as a verb, shend (Old English scendan) "put to shame; blame, reproach; bring to ruin."

It was active in forming compounds, e.g. shendful (Old English scandful) "shameful," shendship "disgrace;" Old English scandhus "house of ill-fame," scandlic "shameful," scandlufiende "loving shamefully," scandword "obscene language").

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  • "I never believed in—in nothing of the kind," growled shand.

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  • "He'll see we've burned the stuff up," objected shand, frowning.

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  • He had become as pale as shand, but his eyes were hot enough.

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  • shand, hearing of this, was obliged to part with a necktie to get Jack to cut his also.

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  • Joe and shand helped with the chair, and then they all planned to make a table next day.

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  • shand, lend a hand with this piece while I drive a nail, will you?

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  • Anyhow, a girl like that, she'd naturally pick a man like Big Jack or shand.

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  • "As soon as it's light——" muttered shand, grinding his teeth.

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