A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)
Scrufe, v. Also: scruff, skruif. [Scruf(e n.] tr. a. To scrape (off) the surface layer. b. fig. To treat superficially, skim over. Cf. Scuffe v. —a. As mychtie montan that be bittir blast Hes all the erth aff skruifit, schawing syn The flintie fronts; J. Stewart 213 § 52.
— b. It is to be regraited that most parte of ministers scrufes the mater of catechizing; 1639 Rec. Kirk Scotl. 269.
He … doth not prosecute such as he names, but scruffs them; 1707 Ayr Presb. in Edgar Old Church Life I 99.
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