Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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CLEESH, Creesh, int. A term in the game of marbles (see quot.). Creesh is used at Montrose (Ags.11937). [kliʃ, kriʃ] Ags. 1916  (Friockheim) T.S.D.C. II.:
In the game of marbles, if the player wanted the ground clear for his shot, he said “cleesh.”

[Origin unknown, but for interchange of l and r, cf. Channel, n.1, and Channer, n.1]

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