Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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BACKDRAUCHT, n. [′bɑk′drɑxt]

(1) The drawing in of the breath. Ags.(D) 1922  J. B. Salmond Bawbee Bowden xii.:
Wi' the backdraucht [he] sent a moofu' o' tea up throo his nose.
Fif. 1825  Jam.2:
We was whaslin like a blastit stirk i' the backdraucht.

(2) The gasp of one with whooping-cough. Bnff. 1932 2 :
Fin little Peter hid the kinkhost, he wiz sometimes blue in the face wi' the backdraucht.

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