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WHIG, v.3 Also wheeg. [ʍɪg]

1. To go quickly (Lth. 1825 Jam.), to move at an easy, steady pace, to jog. Freq. with advs. alang, awa, etc. Sc. 1701  D. De Foe Trueborn Eng. I. 222:
Scots from the Northern Frozen banks of Tay, With Packs and Plods came Whigging all away.
Sc. 1815  Scott Guy M. xxiv.:
I was whigging cannily awa hame.
Dmf. 1836  A. Cunningham Lord Roldan II. iv.:
I just thought it best to come whigging alang wi' him.
s.Sc. 1897  E. Hamilton Outlaws v.:
I must be whigging awa' now.

2. tr. To move (something) quickly, to whisk. Dmf. 1836  A. Cunningham Lord Roldan III. vii.:
To whig him awa on the back of twa dromedaries.

3. “To work nimbly and heartily” (Cld. 1882 Jam.); to frisk or dance about (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B., whig, wheeg).

[O.Sc. whig, to spur, urge a horse on, 1666, to jog along, 1690, prob. chiefly imit. Cf. Wheech.]

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