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GROOFLINS, adv. Also grooflings, grofflins (Gall. 1900 E.D.D.); gruf(f)lins, -ens, grøf(Sh.), groufflins. Now only liter, except in Sh. See also Grufeling. Flat on the face, in a prone position (Sh. 1955). [Sc. ′gruflɪnz; Sh. ′grøflɪns] s.Sc. 1793  T. Scott Poems 359:
While out this sad tale he sobbet, Grooflins on the cauldrife bent.
Sh. 1892  G. Stewart Fireside Tales 244:
He fetched me a rattle i' da sma' o' da back an' sent me gröfflins apo my face i' da gutter.
Sh. 1922  J. Inkster Mansie's Röd 131:
I strak me tae in a roilt o' a stane apo' da station, an' naur guid grüflins.
Sc. 1928  J. G. Horne Lan'wart Loon 11:
Forjaskit fairly, doon he lay, Grofflins upon the sinny brae.
Sh. 1949  New Shetlander No. 19. 44:
Tirval . . . took his legs anunder him, lavin' him gruflens ipo da floor.

[O.Sc. has gruf(e)lings, grouf(f)lingis, gruff-, groflins, from 1338. Groof, q.v., + suff. -Lins. Cf. Backlins, Blinlins, etc.]

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