Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
CAIRTER, n. Gen.Sc. form of Eng. carter, illustrated only in noun phrases peculiar to Sc. [′kertər, ′kɛrtər]
Phrases: 1. ca'-doon-the-cairter, “a coarse (and often adulterated) whisky, favoured by the Gilmerton carters, a particularly rough class” (Edb. c.1850 (per Fif.10)); 2. kill the cairter, a name given to a very strong variety of whisky (Cai.7, Bnff.2, Ags.17, Slg.3 1938); “applied to a mixture of whisky and porter” (Abd.22 1938).
1. Fif. 1938 10 :
He's had a gless o' ca'-doon-the-cairter. 2. Bch. 1924 J. Will in Buchan Field Club 27:
He preferred his whisky to be strong and heady, with a suspicion of what he called the “fussle ile” [fusel-oil] in it — the variety of potation usually described as “kill the cairter.”
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