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CLASH, KLASH, v., tr. and intr. Used as in St.Eng., but note the following extensions peculiar to Sc. Pa.t. in Sc. clashed, clash't, cluish. [klɑʃ; pa.t. klɑʃt, klyʃ]

1. tr.

(1) To strike, to slap (Bnff.2, Fif.10, Edb.1, Kcb.9 1937). Vbl.n. clashin, a drubbing. Fif. 1825 ,
I'll clash your chafts for you.
Lnk. 1902  A. Wardrop Hamely Sketches 10:
I'm obleeged tae use . . . endearin' epithets . . . in case I get my jaws clashed.
Dmf. 1817  W. Caesar Poems 96:
Od man, I'm in an unco passion At my auld son' First time wi' [sic] meet, he's get a clashin.
Uls. c.1920  J. Logan Uls. in the X-Rays (2nd ed.) vi.:
Keep quiet or I'll clash your ears.

(2) Specific use: “to slap and work butter in the making with a stick called the klash-tree” (Ork. 1929 Marw.).

Comb.: clashtree, klash- (see quot. above). Ork.(D) 1880  Dennison Orcad. Sk. Bk. 111:
Leuk gin the butter daffo [tub] fell; — I t'ought I heard the clashtree.

(3) To slam (a door). Gen.Sc. Lth. 1925  C. P. Slater Marget Pow 50:
The gaird was clashin' the doors, and the engine was snortin' for breath.
Ayr. 1887  J. Service Dr Duguid 68:
She gaed in the hoose, clashing the door in her face.

(4) To throw anything forcefully, esp. anything wet or liquid, “to throw mud or water” (Ayr.4 1928); to deposit noisily. Gen.Sc. Sc. 1831  Wilson Noctes Amb. (1855) III. 95:
Or ye had never clashed doun on that spat thae creeshy crampets.
Rxb. 1923  Watson W.-B.:
She clash't the buik at 'im.
Slk. a.1835  Hogg Tales (1837) II. 297:
Clash on, jades! clash on the water — dinna spare the auld crockadale.

(5) “To hoe turnips the second time” (Ork. 1929 Marw., klash).

2. intr.

(1) To fall with a crash or a splash — often used of rain; cf. Eng. clash, the sound of heavy rain, 1817 (N.E.D.). Gen.Sc. Ork.(D) 1880  Dennison Orcad. Sk. Bk. 121:
An clashan' i' the rinner hol' Sheu tumbled tapsalteerie.
Ags. 1884  Arbroath Guide (19 April) 4/2:
He staggers inbye, clashes doon on the chair.
Ayr. 1887  J. Service Dr Duguid 131:
The rain and hail clashed and skelpit doon in torrents.

Ppl.adj. clashing, soaking, dripping. Also phr. clashin' wat, “drenched to the skin” (Ayr.4 1928). Cf. Clash, n.1, 2, phr. Rnf. 1790  A. Wilson Poems 217:
Wi' waefu' heart, before it sank, I haul't it out a' clashing.

(2) To tell tales, gossip, talk idly, “to divulge a secret” (Sh. 1914 Angus Gt., klash). Often with aboot or o'; cf. Clype, v.1 Gen.Sc. Sc. 1728  Ramsay Poems II. 68:
But laigh my Qualities I bring, To stand up clashing with a Thing, A creeping Thing, the like of thee.
Cai. 1896  J. Horne Canny Countryside 90:
Fowks'll clash terribly aboot sich on-goins.
Ags. 1920  A. Gray Songs and Ballads 41:
O, mony a lass has socht my airms Because fowk clashed o' me.
Ayr. 1890  J. Service Thir Notandums 110:
Ane o' the veriest guid for naething silly clashers that ever cluish.

Used tr. Lnk. 1926  W. Queen We're a' Coortin 54:
We talkit thegither, maybe for ten meenits or sae, and that Jean Clipe saw us — an' ye ken whit that means — it means it's clashed a' ower the place.

Hence clasher, klasher, a tell-tale, gossip (Bnff.2, Lnl.1 1937); “a noisy talkative person” (Sh., Ork. 1866 Edm. Gl., klasher). Rnf. 1788  E. Picken Poems, etc. 114:
As tales are never held for fack That clashers tell.

Vbl.n. clashing, a gathering where scandal is talked. Sc. 1896  A. Cheviot Proverbs 295:
She was na to seek at a clashing.

[O.Sc. has clasch, to strike noisily, to slap hard, c.1500, and clash, to talk idly, only since a.1689 (D.O.S.T.). For similar developments of meaning, cf. Ger. klatschen. For pa.t. cluish, cf. thrash, thruish (s.Sc. 1873 Murray D.S.C.S. 208).]

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