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CLASH-BAG, n.comb. A tale-bearer (Bnff.2, Fif.10, Slg.3, Kcb.9 1937); “a person full of low mean stories” (Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 136). Ayr. 1879  R. Adamson Lays of Leisure Hours 103:
Yet, whether clash-bags bless or ban, It's present worth that mak's the man.
Uls. 1904  J. W. Byers in Victoria Coll. Mag. 35:
A man who unfairly reveals a secret on another is said to “discover” on him; a similar individual among boys at school is a “clash-bag.”

[From Clash, n.1, 4 (1). Cf. Clash-pyet and colloq. Eng. gas-bag.]

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