Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
BUBBLY-JOCK, n. A turkey cock. Also called bubbly and bublie-cock. Gen.Sc.
Sc. 1858 E. B. Ramsay Reminisc. (1862) I. iv.:
Her Grace turned to him and said, “Rax me a spaul o' that bubbly jock.” Abd.(D) 1916 G. Abel Wylins fae my Wallet 44:
The bubbly habbert oot his jaw. Fif. 1909 Colville 130:
The former [the turkey-cock] was greeted with the execration, “Bubbly-jock, your wife's a witch, and a' your bairns are warlocks.” Lnk. c.1779 D. Graham Writings (1883) II. 57:
His nose was like a bublie-cocks neb. Ayr. 1823 Galt Entail lxxvii.:
Howsever, . . . I request and hope ye'll bide wi' us, and help to carve the bubbly-jock, whilk is a beast . . . that requir't the skill o' a doctor, the strength o' a butcher, and the practical hand o' a Glasgow Magistrate to diject.
Used fig. to indicate something to be feared.
Bnff. 1936 2 ;
There's a bubbly-Jock at everybody's door. In phr.: sair hauden (hadden) doon (doun) by (wi') the bubbly-jock, “oppressed or overwhelmed with too much to do” (Bnff. 1860 (per Bnff.12); Bnff.2, Kcb.9 1936). Sc. 1858 E. B. Ramsay Reminisc. (1862) I. v.:
There was a secret grievance which embittered his [the fool's] lot; and to his friend he thus opened his heart: — “Ae, ae, but oh, I'm sair hadden doun wi' the bubbly jock.” [Gen. attributed to Jamie Fleeman (1713–1778), the Laird of Udny's fool.]
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