Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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BE-LICKET, BELICKIT, BELIKET, gen. in phrases blackbelickit, deil belicket, feen't belickit, devil a bit, absolutely nothing, or, with a neg., anything at all. Used as an expletive, “Hang it all!” or a quasi-noun. [bɪ′lɪkət] Sc. 1819  J. Rennie St Patrick I. 74:
They . . . were ey sae ready tae come in ahint the haun, that naebody, haud aff themsels, could get feen't belickit o' ony guid that was gawn.
Abd.(D) 1742  R. Forbes Ajax his Speech (1869) 10:
For de'il be-licket has he done.
Edb. 1821  W. Liddle Poems on Different Occasions 173:
You'll wonder how the b—s are dawted, Wi mony a ane that's diel beliket.
Lnk. 1825  Jam.2:
What did ye see? Answ. Blackbelickit — i.e. “I saw nothing at all.”
w.Dmf. 1908  J. L. Waugh Robbie Doo (2nd ed.) 138:
Deil be lickit! if ever I heard him caa'd that afore.

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