Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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HONE, n.2, v. Also hon. Sc. usages of Eng. hone, a whetstone.

I. n. 1. A curling-stone made from a variety of rock found on Ailsa Craig. See J. Kerr Curling (1900) 384. Slk. 1897  D. W. Purdie Poems 135:
Nice Burnocks, Ailsa Craigs, and Hons Were put in trim for curlin'.

2. A kind of soft sandstone used for slate pencil. Ayr. 1866  Kingsford School Log Book MS.:
A stalk of hone.

3. Dim.: a small stone marble (Ayr. 1900, honie).

II. v. Fig. = Eng. grind, to keep hard at work, study assiduously. Ayr. 1887  J. Service Dr Duguid 58, 112:
I honed on at my grandfather to take me to see it. . . . By dint of honing on at my books I had gotten a bursary of two hundred pounds.

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