Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
BRIDLE, n. Sc. usages.
1. “The bridle of a Loom, Running Bridle, Cross Bridle” (Sc. 1899 Mont.-Fleming).
Rnf. 1876 D. Gilmour Paisley Weavers iii.:
When the lashes were kinched, there was a bridling cord attached to each head, ten or twelve inches apart, so that the first and last and all intermnediate lashes were connected by this “running bridle.”
2. Phrases: †(1) to bite on the bridle, to be in great straits; (2) to keep a bridle hand, to keep in control (Ags.1, Slg.3 1936).
(1) Sc. 1819 Scott Bride of Lamm. xxiv.:
Let her bite on the bridle when she was living . . . and gie her a decent burial now she's dead. (2) Sc. 1724–1727 Ramsay T. T. Misc. (1733) 135:
Thou rade sae fast by sea and land, And wadna keep a bridle hand.
3. Comb.: bridle backs, “short pieces of wood nailed across the upper end of the cupples, just below the hûnes [extremes of cupples where they join at roof]” (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl.; Abd.9 1936). See Bauk,1 n., 2.
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