By'r Lakin. An oath, meaning “By our Lady-kin,” or Little
Lady, where little does not refer to size, but is equivalent to dear.
“By'r Lakin, a parlous [perilous] fear.” —Shakespeare: A
Midsummer Night's Dream, iii. 1.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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