Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
ONCAIRRY, n., v. Also oncarry, onkerry.
I. n. A to-do, a capering about, a “carryon”, rowdy behaviour (Fif. c.1850 R. Peattie MS.; I., n. and em.Sc. (a) 1964). Cf. Cairry-on, id.
Abd. 1871 W. Alexander Johnny Gibb xvii.:
They've been ha'in a gey on-cairry doon at the Ward. Ayr. 1894 J. Laing Misc. Poems 111:
Let us speak o' the rest O' the wond'rous oncaries. Sh. 1902 J. Burgess Sh. Folk 95:
Der been a mosst aaful onkerry yunder. Fif. c.1920 R. Holman Sc. Sketches 30:
What an oncairry aboot a pig. Sh. 1961 New Shetlander No. 59. 22:
Aa at Christmas is noo is a money-makkin onkerry.
II. v. As vbl.n. oncarrying, (1) carrying on, managing. Hence oncarrier, manager, entrepreneur; (2) = I.
(1) Sc. 1700 T. Boston Works (1853) VII. 139:
That he [the Lord] would pardon mismanagement in the oncarrying of it. Slg. 1756 Session Papers, Kempt v. Rynd (30 Nov.) 26:
From his own Knowledge, as Oncarrier of a Malting. (2) s.Sc. 1835 Wilson's Tales of the Borders I. 156:
The disgrace o' such an on-carrying. Abd. 1955 W. P. Milne Eppie Elrick i.:
A winner 'ey warna black affrontit tae badder 'e Keeng wi their oncairryins.
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