Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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ESKDALE SOUPLE, n. comb. A two-handed sword or broadsword; “from its resemblance to that part of a flail which strikes the grain . . . a very natural metaphor; both on account of its size, and because the Borderers were better acquainted with the use of this than of any other kind of flail” (Jam.2). Slk. 1822  Hogg Perils of Man II. ii.:
Gin I were but on Corby's back again! — and the Eskdale souple o'er my shoulder (that was the cant name of Charlie's tremendous sword); I might then work my way.

[Eskdale, its place of origin + Souple, n., q.v.]

Eskdale souple n. comb.

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