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ASS, AISE, ASE, n. Ash, ashes. (Also written ais(s), asse, ace, ess, ause, awse, aze.) [ɑs Ork., Edb. + es, Lnk., sm.Sc., s.Sc.; es Sh., Cai., ne.Sc., e.Per., Fif., Edb. + ɑs; e1s Ags.; ɛs Sh. + es + e:z; s Lth. + e, Rnf.; :z, ɑs, es Ayr]

1. n. Sh.(D) 1886  “G. Temple” Britta 131:
Dere's da mark o' a man's fit in da aze!
Sh.(D) 1931  W. J. Tulloch in Sh. Almanac 193:
We waitit till da lights wir oot o' da hoose except twartree lowin braands among da restin' ess.
Ork.(D) 1880  Dennison Orcad. Sk. Bk. 117:
Ap raise the ass i' sic' a clood.
Cai. c.1919  J. Horne Poems and Plays 33:
'E wagtail flirts on 'e gairden wa', An' 'e sprowgs mak' baths in 'e ase.
ne.Sc.(D) 1884  D. Grant Lays and Legends of the North (1908) 3:
Backets, baith for aise an' saut.
Abd.(D) 1920  C. Murray In the Country Places 23:
Jist afore Pase The gowkit fee'd 'oman when teemin' the aise Cam' clyte in the midden — a bonnie like place.
Ags. 1867  G. W. Donald Poems, etc. 57:
Coals to carry, fires to licht, Aiss to fling oot in a backet.
Fif. 1894  A. S. Robertson Provost o' Glendookie 99:
Flung among the Deevil's ace, to be whummelled in red-hot backets to a' eternity.
Edb. 1843  Jas. Ballantine Gaberlunzie's Wallet 65:
The bonnie, bonnie bairn, wha' sits pokin in the ase, Glowerin in the fire wi' his wee round face.
Gsw. 1877  A. G. Murdoch The Laird's Lykewake, etc. 83:
Snug amang the ause, Auld baudrons dozed wi' sleepy blinkers.
Rnf. 1790  A. Wilson Poet. Wks. (1844) 52:
But, see yon dismal form that louts, Black crawling owre a midding, Thrang scarting cinders up, and clouts, That i' the awse lie hidden.
Gall.(D) 1901  Trotter Gall. Gossip 264:
They . . . riddle't the brunt shells frae amang the asse.
s.Sc. 1857  H. S. Riddell Psalms cii. 9:
For I hae eeten assis like breæd, an' ming my drynk wi' greetin'.

2. Phrase: Aise an' stew, ashes and dust. Abd. 1868  G. Macdonald R. Falconer II. ii.:
The tane's gane a' to aise an' stew . . . an' frae the tither I canna draw a cheep.

3. Combs.: (1) Ass-backet, ass-bucket, with variations of ass (see above). A small tub or square wooden box for holding ashes. Bnff. 1922  “Jean” in Bnffsh. Jnl. (21 Feb.) 6:
Then I'll tak my aise-backet, an' cairry it oot tae my aise-pit.
Abd. 1922  Wkly. Press (14 Jan.) 1/1:
Wha coup't the ase backits an' rang a' the bells?
Rxb. 1923  Watson W.-B. 43:
Assbucket, an ash bucket.

(2) Ase-bing, heap of ashes. Ags. 1880  J. E. Watt Poet. Sk. of Sc. Life and Char. 18:
E'en rags frae the ase-bings, despite mony a spot, Were deemed wordy a place on Jock Wobster's auld coat.

(3) Ass-hole, etc. Place below the grate, or in front of the grate, for the ashes; sometimes also hole outside the house for ashes. Often contracted into assole (Lth., Rxb.). Sc. [1834]  Wilson Noctes Amb. (1855) IV. 84:
As he flourished them round his head, and then sent them intil the ass-hole.
e.Fif. 1894  W. D. Latto Tammas Bodkin xxii.:
He glowered up to the crap wa', an' doon into the ase-hole.
Lth. 1894  P. H. Hunter James Inwick 21:
I likit yon bit awfu' aboot the wumman that tint the saxpence, an' soupit oot her hoose but an' ben, an' rakit oot the aiss-hole.
Lnl. 1896  E. Oliphant in Poets and Poetry of Lnlsh. 96:
A pie i' the ase-hole was bakit there for us.
Edb. 1895  J. Tweeddale Moff 168:
If the likes o' him would only be content tae toast his taes in his ain as'-hole.
Lnk. 1922  T. S. Cairncross The Scot at Hame 29:
Noo we ha'e twelve rooms, but we maistly sit Here at the ass-hole; it's a cosy bit.
Ayr. 1841  R. Chambers Pop. Rhymes 184:
The cat in the ass-hole, makin' at the brose — Down fell a cinder and burnt the cat's nose.
m.Dmf. c.1920 3 :
Ase-hool — a pit under the fireplace or grate for ashes.

(4) Ass-midden, etc. Place for the ashes outside the house. Also see below. Slk. 1818  Hogg Brownie of Bodsbeck II. 332:
I sae her . . . thrawin' ye ower the ass-midden.
Rxb. 1923  Watson W.-B. 43:
Ass-midden, a refuse-depot.

(5) Aiss-packad, wooden box for carrying ashes. [′es′pakəd] Cai. 1932 3 :
Aiss-packad, it was a sort of wooden box — shovel-shaped — used for carrying out the “aiss” or peat ashes. Once used at every home, but now very seldom seen and supplanted by any old iron or tin implement.

(6) Ass-pit, ase-pit, etc. Ashpit. Gen.Sc. Ayr. 1825  R. Chambers Pop. Rhymes (1841) 232:
Ane o' the prentices . . . fell in the ase-pit.
Rxb. 1923  Watson W.-B. 43:
Asspit, a hole or spot for depositing ashes, etc.

(7) Ase-puckle, n. (See quot.) Sc. 1911  S.D.D.:
A spark from the fire.

[Perhaps from Puckle = grain, a small bit. Not known to our correspondents.] [O.Sc. as, ais, es, pl. askis, assis. The ass, ais, etc., forms in Mod.Sc. come probably from O.N. aska, if not from pl. ascan of O.E. asce. For loss of k cf. bus for busk. The -sh forms in the examples are due to St.Eng.]

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