Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
HAWICK, n. The name of a town in Rxb. [′hɑ:ɪk] used attrib. in combs.: 1. Hawick bake, see Bake, n.1; 2. Hawick banna', a rich currant cake in paste cover (Rxb.4 1956). Cf. Selkirk Bannock; †3. Hawick gill, a measure of ale or spirits equivalent to half an Imperial pint (Sc. 1825 Jam.); 4. Hawick hug, a squeezing grip in wrestling. Cf. Cornish hug, id.; 5. Hawick marle, a kind of clay (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B., Rxb. 1956), = hawclay, s.v. Haw, adj.
3. Sc. 1740 Ramsay T.T.Misc. (1876) IV. 237:
And well she loo'd a Hawick gill, And leugh to see a tappit hen. Sc. 1822 Scott Poet. Wks. (1834) X. 374:
A Hawick gill of mountain dew, Heised up Auld Reekie's heart, I trow. Sc. 1844 Sc. Songs (Whitelaw) 240:
What signifies the cutty stoup? Bring in the Hawick gill, sirs! 4. Sc. 1835 Wilson's Tales of the Borders I. 154:
He therefore threw his arms round the back of his opponent, . . . with the intention of giving him a “Hawick hug,” but he found he could not join his hands together so as to effect his purpose, and his strength could not accomplish it.
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