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BACKIE, BAUKIE, n.1, v., adj. [′bɑk, ′b(:)k See P.L.D. §§ 85, 93.]

1. n.

(1) A hoist on the back. Ayr. 1887 J. Service Dr Duguid 171:
Ane o' them gied the ither a backie up on to the wa'.

(2) A boys' game. Ags.1 1932:
In e.Ags. a game called backie used to be played. A row of boys bent down, the head of each touching the posterior of the one before him. A boy leaped on the back of the last and advanced along the row of backs, to see where a back would give way.
[See Bab at the Bowster, phr., 3, and Hockey-duck.]

(3) Phr. a backie o win'. (See quot.) Mry.1 1927:
A backie o win', a slight breath of wind shewing on the surface of the sea: a catspaw of wind.

2. v. To lift a person on one's shoulders. Ayr. 1825 Jam.2:
Baukie. To raise a person on one's shoulders to any object beyond his reach.

3. adj. Sore on the back. Bnff.2 1932:
An old man engaged in cleaning the walks in the Duff House policies used to speak of his employment as “a gey backie job.”

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