Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
MACKEREL, n. Also mackeral (Lnk. 1903 E.D.D.), mackrel. Sc. Combs. and Phrs.: 1. mackerel-sture, -stor, the tunny, Thunnus thynnus. See Stour, adj.; 2. as clean as a mackerel, completely, effectively, entirely (Ags., Fif. 1962).
1. Arg. 1771 T. Pennant Tour 1769 192:
Tunnies, called here Mackrel-Sture, are very frequently caught in the herring season, which they follow to prey on. 2. Lnk. 1885 F. Gordon Pyotshaw xvi.:
“Dune as clean as a mackerel!” he roared out.
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