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Holling, vbl. n. Also: holyng. [Holl v.] a. Making holes in something. b. Digging; digging up or out. c. In golf: Playing (the ball) into the hole, holing out.a. 1590 Edinb. B. Rec. V. 261.
The skynner to have samekill of the fleschour as the vesetouris estemis the samyn war in holling of the ledder
b.  1574 Glasgow Cordiners 58.
Fund in the wrang ... in brekyng of the statutes maid anentis the pete bog ... in holyng wp of the samyn
1636 Misc. Spald. C. V. 225.
For the better holling and winning of firr in the comonties and comoun mois
1652 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 132.
Spoilling of the mossis be cutting, holling, and burneing the saidis mossis
Ib. 143.
[Damage by swine] in digging and holling up the samin [land] with thair heeds and snoutts
1663 Melrose Reg. Rec. II. 57.
By holleing, cutteing, and intrometting with … the broome pertening to her
1695 Banff Ann. II. 64.
Some of John Leel's children [delated] for holling a bees' byke … in tyme of sermon
c. 1687 Bk. O. Edinb. C. XXVII. 134.
They [sc. these strokes] will serve ... for holling the ball

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