Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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BACKS, n.1 The refuse of flax, wool, etc. Ayr. 1823  C. K. Sharpe Ballad Book 25:
Tell her I will gee her Four punds, and spin a' the Backs mysel'.

[See Backings.]

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