Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
FOWERSOME, n. Also foursom(e), -sum. [′fʌu(ə)rsʌm]
1. A group or party of four persons or things. Gen.Sc. Freq. attrib., esp. of a dance sett or game participated in by four people.
Ayr. 1792 Burns The Deil's Awa iii.:
There's threesome reels, there's foursome reels. Sc. 1814 Scott Waverley xxviii.:
Dancing full merrily in the doubles and full career of a Scotch foursome reel. Edb. 1828 D. M. Moir Mansie Wauch (1898) ii.:
It brought many a lad and lass together by way of partners at foursome reels and Hieland jigs. Fif. 1845 T. C. Latto Minister's Kail-yard 93:
Wi' that a foursome yell gat up, I to my heels an' ran. Dmb. 1846 W. Cross Disruption xxxiii.:
I may say a' the foursome o' us are bridegrooms. Dmf. 1912 A. Anderson Later Poems 189:
An whiles I think a foursome reel Wad be the very death o' me. m.Lth. 1952 1 :
Wad ye come roun the morn's nicht an mak up a fowersome at whist?
2. Hence specif.: a foursome reel Gen.Sc.
Sc. 1938 St Andrews Cit. (13 Aug.) 9:
He is much in request to teach foursomes, eightsomes, sixteensomes, and thirty-twosomes.
3. In Golf: a match of four players, two on either side. Gen.Sc., now adopted in Eng.
Fif. 1857 H. B. Farnie Golfer's Manual 71:
He then may engage in a foursome, having for his partner one who will supply his deficiencies in driving, or as it is phrased on the Links — “keep him up in the swiping.” Sc. 1867 Cornhill Mag. (April) 494:
In a “foursome” the partners play alternately, the “long driver” on the one side being pitted against the “long driver” on the other, and the “short” against the “short.” Abd. 1890 Bon-Accord (26 July) 14:
The match was played in foursomes. Sc. 1921 Grant and Dixon M.M.Sc. 106:
In a “Scotch foursome” two players have one ball against the other two players, and strike it in turn.
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