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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I).
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BACKDRAUCHT, n. [′bɑk′drɑxt]

(1) The drawing in of the breath.Ags.(D) 1922 J. B. Salmond Bawbee Bowden xii.:
Wi' the backdraucht [he] sent a moofu' o' tea up throo his nose.
Fif. 1825 Jam.2:
We was whaslin like a blastit stirk i' the backdraucht.

(2) The gasp of one with whooping-cough.Bnff.2 1932:
Fin little Peter hid the kinkhost, he wiz sometimes blue in the face wi' the backdraucht.

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"Backdraucht n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 19 Jul 2024 <>



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