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First published 2001 (DOST Vol. X).
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Tag(g)ing, vbl. n. Also: taiging, tagine, tagone. [e.m.E. tagging (1572).]

1. The action of fitting a strap, esp. to harness, in sense 3 of Tag n. 1503 Treas. Acc. II 202.
For ane curpal and ane tee to the harnes sadill, tagging, mending and stopping of the samyn
1503 Treas. Acc. II 219.
For … tagging, ringyng, bukkylling, and mending of brokin sadilles
1504 Treas. Acc. II 438.
For ane new pannall to the quenis bottail sadill, tagging, bukkilling, and ringing of the samyn
1508 Treas. Acc. IV 129.
For tagging, grathing and bukkilling of the wild bestis, xx s.
1537 Treas. Acc. VI 335.
1539 Treas. Acc. VII 191.
For mending of the wardrop geir and taging of the kingis litycamp beddis
1621 Maxwell Mem. I 326.
For ane postpilȝen mending, chalmiring and tagging [pr. lagging] of the saidill

2. The material used as tags in senses 2 and 3 of Tag n. 1635 Edinb. Test. LVII 224b.
Certane taging for buittis
1656 Edinb. Test. LXVIII 298.
1657–8 Dumbarton Common Gd. Acc. 227.
Thrie ells and a halff of tagging to be strings thairto [sc. a bag for the green cloth of the council seat]
1668 Orkney Antiq. Soc. V 39.
Four ell halfell of tagging, four ells of yellow and whyte countfitt pearlin
1668 Boyd Fam. P. No. 289 (14 ? May).
4 ell tagine … 8 once ballme 4 ell tagone

3. attrib. With irnys, a tool for ? cutting or attaching tags (Tag n. 2, 3). 1436 Exch. R. IV 681.
Certis ferris scissorum dictis taging irynnis
1446 Exch. R. V 228.
Pro v tagging irnys ad usus regis

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