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First published 2002 (DOST Vol. XI).
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Tug, v. Also: tugg-, tuig, tog, (tagg-). [ME and e.m.E. togge(n (Ancr. R.), tugge (Manning), tug (c1613), tugg (1655), OE téo(ha)n, téah, tuᵹan, toᵹen.]

1. tr. To pull, tug, pick (at). Also fig. c1420 Wynt. iii 480 (W).
About twa pillaris … He kest his armes … And tuggit [R. ruggyt] at thaim dogitly
c1420 Wynt. v 1911.
He tuggyd wyth hys teth in taggys, Hys westyment rywand all in raggys
c1500-c1512 Dunb. (OUP) 163/69.
The cuschettis at him tuggit, The rukis him rent, the ravynis him druggit
15.. Christis Kirk 55 (B).
Robene Roy begowth to revell And Dwny till him druggit [Laing MS tugged] Lat be quod Jok and cawd him javell And be the taill him tuggit
1602 Dundonald Par. Rec. 4.
The brothe … wer full [gap in text] long hairis quhilk thai that thai wer presentit to to sup togit at
fig. a1500 Prestis of Peblis 1043.
And I cum thair my tail it wil be taggit For I am red that my count [= account] be ouir raggit
1602 Dundonald Par. Rec. 5.
Quhen … the said Kaithrein … tuik vp the bruthis thai wer … lappirit and full of hair … Allexander Thomsoun … declairit … that he togit to sup thame

2. intr. To tear as a result of being tugged. a1568 Sempill in Sat. P. xlviii 40.
The claith … tuggis in hoilis, and gais abbreid

3. tr. To tear a strip off (the skin of a slaughtered animal). 1613 Glasgow B. Rec. 28 Aug. (Donaldson Suppl. s.v. Tuggit).
To scosche all skynis cuttit, hollit, or tuigit in the nek

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