Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
HURLY THRUMBO, n. Also hurlo-.
1. A hasty or hurriedly gathered assortment of odds and ends.
Per. 1769 T. L. K. Oliphant Lairds of Gask (1870) 372:
I have, somehow or other, hurried out an odd Hurlo Thrumbo of a motley piece. If it prove somewhat like a Gazette to worthy friends at Auldhall, I have my aim.
2. Some ailment, phs. bronchial catarrh. Cf. Hurl, v.2, 2.
Sc. 1849 Lord Cockburn Circuit Journeys (1888) 351:
Her sister Elphy was to have been with us, but being smitten with a hurly thrumbo, her doctor . . . forbade her.
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