Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
BACKBANE, BACKBEEN, n. Sc. forms of backbone. Lit. and fig.
Abd. 1865 G. Macdonald Alec Forbes lxviii.:
It gars me host like a cat wi' the backbane o' a herrin' in her thrapple. Ags.(D) 1922 J. B. Salmond Bawbee Bowden vii.:
I doot my backbeen's a' to smithereens. Rnf. 1871 D. Gilmour The “Pen” Folk (1876) 19–20:
Noo, ae ither question, an' I'll hae gotten the backbane o' the maitter.
Phr. †back-bane links, the spine.
Abd. 1785 R. Forbes Ulysses (1821) 18:
Ere I him to my shoulders got, My back-bane links were sey'd.
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