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HAP, v.2, n.2 Also haap (Per. 1819 J. Duff Poems 133; Sc. 1825 Jam.), haup, hawp. Cf. Hip, v.1, n.2 See P.L.D. § 54.

I. v. Pa.t. and pa.p. happit, hapt, hapet, happed.

1. To hop, jump (Cai., Kcd., Ags., Slg., Gsw., Uls. 1956); to walk with a limp (Sc. 1808 Jam.; Ags., Uls. 1956); also fig. Hence vbl.n. happin, “a trailing, ungainly walk” (Abd.19 1930). Sc. 1700  Culloden Papers (1815) 27:
Corserig naked, with a Child under his Oxter, happing for his lyffe.
Sc. 1728  Ramsay Poems (S.T.S.) II. 40:
Master Monky with an air Hapt out, and thus harangu'd the Fair.
Ayr. 1786  Burns A Winter Night iv.:
Ilk happing bird — wee, helpless thing!
s.Sc. 1793  T. Scott Poems 359:
Clocks and paddocks roun' him hapet.
Sc. 1824  Scott St Ronan's W. viii.:
A poacher may just jink ye back and forward like a flea in a blanket, (wi' pardon) — hap ye out of ae country and into anither at their pleasure, like pyots.
Sc. 1827  G. R. Kinloch Ballads 19:
He cam hauping on ae foot.
Abd. 1865  G. Macdonald Alec Forbes iii.:
An' it [a leg] wad come happin' ower the Paceefic, or the Atlantic, to jine its oreeginal stump — wad it no?
Ags. 1882  Brechin Advertiser (7 March) 3:
At times my muse may hotch and haap.
Gsw. 1910  H. Maclaine My Frien' 20:
The new fashion's to hap on the electric caur.
Lth. 1928  S. A. Robertson With Double Tongue 46:
When Sandie set a girn, the very shilfas seemed to ken That the hair-loops wadna grip them, tho' they happed frae en' to en'.

2. Of tears etc.: to trickle, drop down in quick succession. Sc. 1721  Ramsay Poems (S.T.S.) I. 166:
Now Nereus rising frae his watry Bed, The Pearly Drops hap down his lyart Head.
Sc. 1757  Smollett Reprisal (1786) i. ii.:
It made my heart wae, to see the saut brine come happing o'er her winsome cheeks.
Ayr. 1788  Burns To H. Parker 22:
While tears hap o'er her auld brown nose!
Slk. 1852  Hogg Songs & Ballads 79:
Till tears cam happing like rain.
Kcb. 1895  Crockett Bog-Myrtle 174:
Wi' the water happin' off her cheeks, like hail in a simmer thunder-shoo'er.

3. To plash, bob up and down. Ayr. 1823  Galt R. Gilhaize II. xxxi.:
We came to a mill that stood in the hollow of the glen, the wheel whereof was happing in the water with a pleasant and peaceful din.

4. To miss, pass over, to skip (n.Sc. 1808 Jam., hap). Cf. Hip, v.1, 2., id.

5. Combs. and Phrs.: (1) hap i' my thoomb, hop o' my thumb, a small person; (2) hap-the-beds, the game of hopscotch (Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 253; ‡Rnf., Gall., Dmf. 1956). Cf. Beds, id.; (3) happin-cavie, “a boy's game in which the players from opposite bases or cavies hop singly against a single opponent and by pushing with their hands against the other's hands try to knock their opponents off their balance” (w.Lth. 1947). Cf. (5); (4) happin' deil, ? = (5); (5) happin Toby, see quot.; (6) hoppin beds (Abd. 1926 Buchan Observer (23 April); Fif. 1956), — beddies (Abd. 1956) = (2); (7) hoppin Cherlie, a hopping game, ? = (5). (1) em.Sc. 1898  H. Rogers Meggotsbrae 77:
She was a bit wee hap-i'-my-thoomb o' a cratur.
(3) w.Lth. 1894  A. M. Bisset He's no Born Yet iii.:
He never glooms nor greets Nor plays at happin-cavie.
(4) Hdg. 1876  J. Teenan Songs 54:
Great in the imitation hunt, The ba', or happin' deil.
(5) Ags. 1955 20 :
Happin Toby. The game of hopping on one foot and trying to upset another by bumping into him.
(7) Gsw. 1948  Glasgow Herald (13 Sept.):
In one form or another the present generation doubtless play Barleydoor, Birds, Beasts, and Fishes, and Hoppin' Cherlie.

II. n. A hop, dance. Dim. happie. Sc. 1716  Ramsay Poems (S.T.S.) I. 68:
Then for a Hap to shaw their Brands, They did their Minstrel bring.
Sc. 1806  R. Jamieson Ballads I. 313:
They danced as weel as they dow'd Wi' a knack o' their thumbs and a happie.
Lnk. 1877  W. McHutchison Poems 52:
[A craw] close tae my side cam wi' a hap.
Ags. 1894  J. B. Salmond My Man Sandy (1899) xviii.:
He up wi' his niv an' took a hawp forrit.
ne.Sc. 1953  Mearns Leader (25 Dec.):
He kwid see his booler furl away ben the causeway, gie twa licht-heartit haps.

III. Phrs.: 1. hap and sten, = 2.; 2. hap, stap (and) lowp, — fling, — jump (Uls. 1956), used as a n., of the game (Ayr. 1789 D. Sillar Poems 40; Sc. 1808 Jam.; ‡Arg.1 1931; Cai., Ags., Slg., Fif., Peb., Ayr. 1956), also as v., adj., adv. as in the Eng. phr. hop, step and jump. 1. Kcb. 1789  D. Davidson Seasons 35:
Baith, wi' a brainge Sprang, hap an' sten out owre a nettle An' cry'd, “Revenge.”
2. Sc. 1721  Ramsay Poems (S.T.S.) I. 188:
Frae Chiels that sing Hap, Stap and Lowp.
Ayr. 1786  Burns Holy Fair iii.:
The third cam up, hap-step-an' loup, As light as ony lambie.
Sc. 1826  Wilson Noctes Amb. (1855) I. 180:
Sic a lang-backed, short-thee'd . . . hap-and-stap-jump o' a bouncin body.
Slk. a.1835  Hogg Tales (1876) 281:
O that you would leave off the vulgar pursuits of the quoits, and pitch the bar, and hap, step, and loup.
Edb. 1840  Whistle-Binkie (Ser. 2) 116:
Wha dares to brave the piercing sting O' Scotia's thistle, Soon scamper aff, hap stap an' fling, Wi' couring fustle.
Fif. 1864  W. D. Latto T. Bodkin v.:
I wad juist skip ower my adventures between the cradle an' the schule in a hap-stap-an'-loup sort o' style.
Kcb. 1897  T. Murray Frae the Heather 34:
To cheer him, in hap-step-and-loup Their wee hearts ne'er seem larger, O.
Edb. 1928  A. D. Mackie Poems 23:
Hap step and lowp she was doon the dell.
ne.Sc. 1954  Bon Accord (28 July):
So aff I set at a kine o' hap, step an' loup.

[O.Sc. hap, v., id., from 1558, hop, from c.1470.]

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