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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I). Includes material from the 1976 supplement.

BAGENIN(G), n. “Indelicate toying” (Jam.5 1879). “Rough horseplay carried on at harvest time” (E.D.D. Suppl.). Also a trouncing, thrashing, rough usage, as in threats to a child (Rxb. 1910). Fif. 1864 W. D. Latto Tammas Bodkin (1894) xxix.:
A conspeeracy was got up . . . to the intent that Tibbie and me sid be put through the bagenin' ordeal furthwith. . . . They grippit me by the legs an' shoothers, an' fell a-duntin' my body on a stane wi' micht an' main.

[Also spelt bejanin' (see Bejan, v.), implying the pronunciation ′bedȝənɪn or ′bɛdȝənɪn.]

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