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RAMSCOOTER, v., n. Also ramskooter; ramsqueeter (Abd.4 1931). [rɑm′skutər, Abd. -′skwitər]

I. v. To set about with violence, drub, trounce, drive off in terror (ne.Sc., Per., Slg., w.Lth., Lnk., Kcb. 1967). Nonce deriv. ramscootrify, id. Abd. 1887  Bon-Accord (18 June) 16:
Tho' Teenie shood ramskooter my heed wi' the bakin'-roller fam I came hame i' the mornin'.
Ayr. 1913  J. Service Memorables xiii.:
“Ye little hempy, I'll — I'll ramscootrify ye!” and I shook the little dyvour till its teeth chattered in the heid o't.
Bnff. 1921  T.S.D.C.:
When Malcolm ramscootered the Danes.
Inv. 1948  Football Times (11 Sept.):
When gang warfare broke out the cry of the leader was — “I'll ramskooter the lot.”

II. n. 1. A state of dither or distracted activity. Abd. 1922  Swatches o' Hamespun 67:
In a ramsqueeter, she flew an' geddert oxterfu's o' the seggs an heddir.
Abd. c.1930 15 :
It gid a' tull a ramsqueeter.

2. A clumsy fellow (Bnff. 1967). Abd. 1921  T.S.D.C.:
Ye muckle ramscooter o' a loon.

[The word is found in n.Eng. and Ir. dial. in the sense of to drench with water from a Scout or water-pistol, and the above usages may have been developments from this. But the variants suggest that the word was popularly taken as if from Ram-, pref. with an arbitrary second element based on Scoot, Squatter, Squeeter. Cf. Ramskittle, Ramstoorie.]

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