Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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BACKIE, n.2 (See quot.) [′bɑk] Cai. c.1920 4 :
Backie, stake to which an animal is tied.

Phr. (See quot.) Cai. 1907  D.B. Nicolson in County of Cai. 64:
“To poo the backie” — to indulge a little.

[O.Sc. baikine. Of obscure origin. In later use as Baikie, q.v. A stake to which a cow is fastened. — Better hand louse nor bound to an ill baikine; Fergusson Prov. 20 (publ. 1641) (D.O.S.T.). See Baikie, n.2, Baukie, n.2]

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