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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Clag, v. (Usu. in p.p. claggit.) [e.m.E. (chiefly northern) clag (1526), of uncertain origin.] tr. To clot with something soft or sticky; to clog. Also fig. 1456 Hay II. 126/34.
When ony persone takis mete … in ane unclene … stomak, his stomak is glaymyt and claggit
c1475 Wall. vi. 455.
[He put on] The gown and hois in clay that claggit was
a1508 Kennedy Pass. Christ 288.
Thair feit, claggit in clay, He wesche
c1540 Lynd. Syde Taillis 68.
Ane mureland Meg … Claggit with clay abone the howis
c1550 Rolland C. Venus ii. 566.
Daglit in weit richt claggit was his weid
1596 Dalr. II. 462/11.
Now thair conschiences are compellit … in thair muk to clag and fyle thame selfe
1609 Gardyne Garden 44.
This world … suld [not] the Christian conscience cloy, Nor too much clag with cares

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