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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Jag, v. [North. ME. jagge (a 1400, Morte Arthur), also jogge, and also e.m.E. jag(ge (1607). Of obscure origin; a parallel formation is the nearly synonymons Dag v.1 In the mod. dialects jag ‘to pierce, prick’ is chiefly north. and (espec.) Sc.] tr. and intr. or absol. To pierce, prick, stab. — c1500-c1512 Dunb. xxvi. 41.
Sum jaggit vthiris to the heft, With knyvis that scherp cowd scheir
1513 Doug. viii. Prol. 99.
Sum jarris with a jed staf to jag throw blak jakkis
a 1700 Watson's Coll. i. 39.
Being late, he bade her [the mare] ride, And with a spur did jag her side

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