Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
BING, Binn(e), n.1 and v.1 [bɪŋ, bɪn (rare)]
(1) A heap. Gen.Sc. Given neither in the Concise nor in the Un. Eng. Dict. Quots. in N.E.D. are mostly Sc.
Bnff. 1900 Bnffsh. Jnl. (5 Aug.) 2:
He saw a big bing o' guid sids lyin' idle. Edb. 1791 J. Learmont Poems 193:
Syne took them to the big potatoe bing. Dmb. 1927 J. Mothersole Roman Scotland v.:
An interesting-looking hill which turned out to be an unusually high “shale-binn.” Ayr. 1887 J. Service Dr Duguid 134–135:
The brushers . . . got him lying streekit oot on a bing of stanes by the roadside.
Phr. bing o' a fire, a heaped-up fire.
Fif. 1933 3 :
Pit a guid bing o' a fire on.
(2) (See first quot.)
Sc. 1802 J. Sibbald Chron. Sc. Poetry IV. Gloss.:
Bing, binne. A temporary inclosure or repository made of boards, twigs, or straw ropes, for containing grain or such like. Wgt. 1877 G. Fraser Sk. and Anecd. of Wgt., etc. 364:
She gaed tae the bing o' prawtas, an' hoakit awa' the boards wi' her nose, till she got at the rotten prawtas.
(3) A company, a large number generally.
Sh.(D) 1931 Burgess Geordie Twatt's Bridal in Sh. Almanac Companion 189:
We took aff wir several wys across da hills, a' dem belangin' ta da sam' place in a bing. Abd.(D) 1916 G. Abel Wylins fae my Wallet 78:
An' fechtin' grim wi' sic a bing O' German fangs. Per. 1895 R. Ford Tayside Songs 59:
Frae hoose to hoose they flit in bings. Arg. 11929:
“Man, that's a fine bing tae play intae” (often used on the bowling green). Gall.(D) 1901 Trotter Gall. Gossip 381:
There wus an unca bing o' them aboot The Aul' Clachan an Ba'maclellan.
†(4) A hole or pit for collecting urine, to be used for washing clothes.
Ork. 1929 Marw.:
(5) fig. “A lazy fellow” (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928)).
2. v. To heap or pile up; to pit (of potatoes); fig. accumulate money.
Sc. 1822 Blackw. Mag. XII. 761:
The Hairst was ower, the barnyard fill'd, The 'tatoes bing'd, the mart was kill'd. Bch. 1804 W. Tarras Poems 48:
Singin upo' the verdant plain, . . . Ye'll bing up siller o' yir ain. Fif. 1899 “S. Tytler” Miss Nanse vi.:
Leddies, there's a post-chaise at the door with two old gentlemen inside, and the top of the chaise just binged with luggage. Rxb. 1845 T. Aird Old Bachelor xx.:
His stackyard has just been thatched and his potatoes binged.
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