Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
1. To pour out liquor for drinking; to ply with drink.
Sc. 1904 Brown Robin in Ballads (ed. Child) No. 97A vii.:
O she has birld her father's porter Wi strong beer an wi wine. Lnk. 1922 T. S. Cairncross Scot at Hame 54:
But we used to birl the stoup and to blether by the lichts. vbl.n. birling, action of drawing or pouring out liquor. Given in N .E.D. as obs. except dial. Bnff. 1853 The Drunkard's Progress in Bnffsh. Jnl. (23 Aug.):
And liberal grows the birling o't.
2. To carouse: often followed by prep. at.
Sc. 1816 Scott O. Mortality v.:
Sitting there birling, at your poor uncle's cost. Abd. 1746 W. Forbes The Dominie Deposed (1821) iii. xii.:
They birl'd fu fast at butter'd ale, To gie them ease.
Phr.: birl the brown bowl, to drink, carouse.
Sc. 1816 Scott O. Mortality x.:
“And where are my comrades?” asked the centinel [sic]. “Birling the brown bowl wi' the fowler and the falconer, and some o' the serving folk.”
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