Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
HOLIE, adj. Also hol(e)y; hollie; holi (Sh.).
1. Sc. combs.: (1) holey-board, -brod, a perforated board in a loom used to facilitate the arrangement of threads in a pattern; (2) holiepied, -t, hol(l)i-, full of holes in gen. (ne.Sc., Ags. 1957), specif. applied to open-work embroidery or broderie anglaise (ne.Sc. 1957). [Prob. orig. a corruption of Eng. hollie (i.e. holy) point, a kind of embroidery used in making church lace, with influence from or substitution of Pie, pie-hole, a small hole in embroidery.] Hence by back formation holiepie, n., broderie anglaise (Ib.); v., to embroider in this manner; to make holes in (Ib.).
(1) Sc. 1844 P. Chalmers Dunfermline 356:
A plan was soon after introduced for superseding the necessity of committing the pattern to memory. This consisted in a board full of holes, called the hole or holey-board, through which cords hung. (2) Abd. 1875 W. Alexander My Ain Folk 21:
This is a little bun'lie 't my mither bad's gie ye; there's holie-pie thingies in't 't ye made yersel'. Abd. 1914 A. McS. The Bishop 12:
Ye wid lat doon sae mony loops 'at the hose wid be holipied. Abd. 1955 W. P. Milne Eppie Elrick i.:
An aal oo ruskie wi a hollipiet seck raxt ower 'e mou o't.
2. Uneven, pitted, full of holes or troughs, of the sea or sea-bottom (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928); Cai. 1957).[Hole + suff. -Ie.]
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