Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
COLL, Cole, Kole, Koll, Koil, v. Cf. Cow, v.1 [kɔl, kol Sc., but I.Sc. + kɔil (kɔil now less common than kol (Jak.))]
1. To cut, to hollow out, to shape (Sc. 1887 Jam.6, coll; Kcb.1 1937, cole); “to taper a thing by clipping or paring” (Sh. 1914 Angus Gl., kole); “to shape or take in (a garment)” (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B., cole). Ppl.adj. coled.
Abd. 1936 9 :
Coll oot the neck o' that blouse a bit. Dmf. 1810 R. H. Cromek Rem. Nithsd. and Gall. Song 208:
High-coled stockings and laigh-coled shoon.
2. To clip, trim, take off the top or ends, e.g. “to coll the hair, to poll it” (Sc. 1808 Jam.); to remove the horns of cattle. Also fig. Ppl.adj . kollet; cf. Cullyat.
Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928):
Of a hard storm it is said: “hit is enough to blaw de horns aff o' a kollet coo.” Sh.(D) 1916 J. J. H. Burgess Rasmie's Smaa Murr, Jöne 7:
Ye may get da warst tump frae a coo, whin shö's koillet. Ags. c.1920 ,
Cole the wick of the lamp. Ayr. 1822 Galt Sir A. Wylie I. xxx.:
It's a kind o' a book that I hae a thought anent; but . . . it wouldna be the waur o' being coll'd and kaim't by an experienced han' like yours.
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