Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
WAW, n.2 Also wa. A wave (of the sea). Phr. atween the wind and the wa, in great straits or poverty. See also Wind, n., 1. (1).
Sc. 1821 Scott Pirate xxix.:
Through all the waws, wells, and swelchies of the Pentland Firth. Abd. 1881 W. Paul Past and Present 135:
“Gin she was sae bonny, what made her tak the like o you? ” “O, said Johnny, ye see, she was atween the win' and the wa, and that made her the mair pliable.”
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