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FUP, v., n. n.Sc. variant of Whup, whip (Cai. 1920; ne.Sc. 1953). Dim. fuppie, fupag. See P.L.D. § 134. Sc. usages:

I. v. 1. To pilfer (Bnff. 1916 T.S.D.C. II.; Bnff. 1953); 2. Phrs.: to fup a haud o', to seize in one's grip, to grab (Bnff.2, Abd.27 1943); †to fup the cat, to be an itinerant tailor. See also Whup. 2. Abd. 1921  Swatches o' Hamespun 8:
Ekin' oot a geyan bare, leensome liveliheed fuppin'-'e-cat, dargin', an' thiggin'.
Abd. 1929  J. Alexander Mains and Hilly 118:
She wid come ben the kirk wi' a suddenty, an' fup a haud o' 's an' set's doon wi' a doosht a bit farrer ben the seat.

II. n. 1. As in Eng. Also a blow, stroke, lit. and fig. (Abd.27 1953), a whipping; a moment, a trice. Phrs. and combs.: fupshaft, a whipstock (Abd.27 1953), and phr. †to lick the fupshaft, to kiss the rod, to suffer humiliation or defeat; fup-tow, a whip-lash for a spinning-top (Abd. 1923 A. Shewan Spirat Adhuc Amor 277); in a fup, in an instant (Cai. 1900 E.D.D.). Abd. 1768  A. Ross Helenore 13:
How stand poor I, o'er ta'en wi' sick a trick, To look like blunty an' the fupshaft lick.
Abd. after 1768  A. Ross Fortunate Shepherd MS. 58:
His exercise he speedily takes up, Nor e'er for gaing wrang anes got a fup.
Abd. 1787  A. Shirrefs Jamie and Bess iii. i.:
I'm thinking Bessy's pride will dree a fup.
Abd. 1790  A. Shirrefs Poems 214:
While Maggie's floor dree'd mony a fup Frae their hard soles.
Abd. 1881  W. Paul Past & Present 64:
I've seen fan ye wad hae gotten a piece for a bawbee as lang's a fup tow.

2. A blast of wind (Bnff.2 1943). Freq. in comb. eddy-fup, a wind whipping round a corner (Mry., Abd. 1916 T.S.D.C. II. 43; ne.Sc. 1953). Mry. 1913  J. F. in Northern Scot.:
There's ower mony eddyfups in the air: we're gaun tae get rain.
Abd. 1925  R. L. Cassie Gangrel Muse 39:
The cloods are tearin' owre the lift, Sharp fup o' Boreas gars them drift.

3. Dim. fupag, a worthless woman (Cai. 1940 John o' Groat Jnl. (23 Feb.)). Cf. Whippy, n. and for the sense skelpie-limmer, s.v. Skelp.

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"Fup v., n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 11 Dec 2017 <http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/fup>

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