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CLISH, Cleish, Clesh, v. “To repeat an idle story” (Bnff.4 1912; Fif. 1825 Jam.2). [klɪʃ, kliʃ, klʃ, klɛʃ]

Hence (1) clish-clash, cleish-clash, idle talk, gossip (Bnff.2, Lnl.1, Kcb.9 1937); (2) clesh-ma-clash, idem. (1) Edb. 1917  T. W. Paterson Wyse-Sayin's o' Solomon xviii. 7:
The bletherin o' a fule 'll bring him to his hunkers belyve; An' his ain clish-clash 'll lay girns for his ain saul.
s.Arg. 1917  A. W. Blue Quay Head Tryst 107:
If it's the cleish-clash o' folk . . . you needna fash yer heid.
Rnf. a.1810  R. Tannahill Poems and Songs (1876) 362:
Noo' the haill toun resoun's wi the clish-clash.
(2) Gsw. 1877  A. G. Murdoch Laird's Lykewake, etc. 10:
Ither idle clesh-ma-clash, Wad only gie the reader fash.

[Cf. Clash, v., 2 (2), and Clash, n.1, 4 (1). O.Sc. has clis-clas, idle talk, 1698 (D.O.S.T.).]

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