Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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BELLY-BLIND, BILLY BLYNDE, BILLY BLIN, n. and adj.

1. n. (See first quot.) Clydes., s.Sc. 1808  Jam.:
Belly-blind. The play called Blind-man's buff. . . . This is the only name for this game, Roxburghsh. and the other counties on the Border. It is also used Clydes.
s.Sc. 1825  Jam.2:
Billy blynde, Billy blin . . . Blind-man's-buff; Watson W.-B. 53:
Belly-blind.
[Cf. Billy, n.1, Combs. (3) (b).]

2. adj. Stone blind. Sc. 1827  G. R. Kinloch Ballads 24:
An auld belly-blind man was sittin' there.

[Blind as the hooded player in the game.]

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"Belly-blind n., adj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 20 Sep 2018 <http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/bellyblind>

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