1) Alternative spellings of ‘slate’, that is to set a dog at an animal, especially at sheep and cattle.

1555 No man shall chase or sleit their neighbours shepe or cattell with dogges, Lepton

1665 wee lay in paine that noe ... person ... shall sleat any shepe belounging to the common, Cartworth

1680 tyed his horse to a gorse bush and slett his dogg at the sheep, Dinnington

1785 the sheep was slet off by Meltham people, Lingards.

spellings sleit
dates 1555 1665 1680

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