Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
HANDLE, n., v. Also hand(e)l, haandle (Sh.); han(n)le, hannel, hanil (Rxb. 1875 N. Elliott Nellie Macpherson 43); h(a)unle, haunel, hawnle. Sc. forms and usages of Eng. handle, n., v. See P.L.D. § 64, and D, 2.
I. n. 1. The hand of a clock (Cai. 1956).
Edb. 1881 J. Smith Habbie and Madge 74:
There's the lang handle at the hour o' ten.
2. The shaft of a golf-club.
Sc. 1856 St Andrews Cit. (8 June 1940) 5:
The actual stock consisted of 26 finished clubs, 9 irons, 420 blocks, and 200 shafts called “handles.” Sc. 1887 W. G. Simpson Art of Golf 92:
Nobody likes stiff shafts . . . A “fozy” handle will do very well if you have a sweeping, scythe-like swing. Sc. 1896 J. Kerr Golf-Bk. E. Lth. 436:
Clubs in a design of their own — handle and head being roughly made from one piece of thorn.
II. v. 1. In curling: to drag off by the handle a stone that has failed to reach the hog-score (Kcb.10 1956). Hence the derisive call handle 'im! when a stone seems unlikely to pass over the hog-score (Sc. 1902 E.D.D.).
Sc. 1886–7 Ann. Royal Caled. Curling Club 349:
Big Andra fairly felled his stane, Han'le 'im, a hog or I'm mista'en.
2. Specif.: to round up and sort sheep. See Handling, 2.
Sc. 1807 Farmer's Mag. (May) 202:
Our lambs were handled last week . . . twenty score were sold and . . . the remainder are to be weaned and hogged.
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