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DOOSHT, Dus(ch)t, Doost, n. and v. Cf. Doist. [duʃt Sc., but Sh., Arg. dust]

1. n. A dull, heavy blow, a push; a thud, a thump, a beat (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928), dust; Sh.11 1949, doost; Cai.7, Bnff.2, Abd.2, Abd.9 1940). Bnff. 1866  Gregor D. Bnff. 40:
The wife ga' the loon a great doosht in o' the middle o' the fleer.
Abd. 1871  W. Alexander Johnny Gibb iii.:
The “doosht” of the two persons falling on it [seat].
Abd. 1900  E.D.D.:
Gie that carpet a doosht on the wall.
Abd. 1929  J. Alexander Mains and Hilly 118:
She wid . . . set's doon wi' a doosht a bit farrer ben the seat.

2. v.

(1) To strike with a dull, heavy blow, to thump (Sh. 1914 Angus Gl., dust; Bnff.2, Abd.2 1940). Bnff. 1866  Gregor D. Bnff. 40:
She dooshtit's back weel till him.
Abd. 1900  E.D.D.:
I'll doosht yer riggin' to ye, my man.

Hence dooster, duster, (a) a light blow with the fist (Sh.11 1949); (b) “a sudden squall of wind” (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928)); a stormy wind from the sea (Arg.1 1940, duster); cf. Doster.

(2) To throw (down) in a violent, careless manner (Bnff.2, Abd.2 1940). Bnff. 1866  Gregor D. Bnff. 40:
The bit bodie took the bung, and dooshtit the beuck fae the tae side o' the room t' the tither.

(3) intr. To fall with a thud. Abd. 1900  E.D.D.:
It dooshtet aff the table to the grun'.

[Prob. partly onomat., partly a variant of Dush, v. and n.1, q.v. Cf. 17th and 18th cent. Eng. doust, a firm blow, a punch.]

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