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BOOSE, Boos, Booce, Bus, n.3 and v.3 [bus]

1. n.

(1) Excessive haste; a rush. Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl.:
To come into the house with a “boose.”
Sh.(D) 1922 J. Inkster Mansie's Röd 120; Abd.22 1935:
Tammas cam furt jüist as we wan ta wir hight, an' he cam in a boos an' took da head o' da coffin.

(2) A turmoil. Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928):
De sea is in a b[us], the sea is in uproar.

2. v. To bustle about; “to work with a will” (Sh. 1914 Angus Gl., būs); to rush. Sh.(D) 1891 J. J. H. Burgess Rasmie's Büddie 92:
An noo an dann a lyrie comes An booces troo da steid. [A red coal-fish comes and pushes through the mass.]
Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928):
He cam' busin in (into) de hoose.
Ork. 1929 Marw.:
He was boosan aboot the hoose pittan things tae rights.
Bnff.2 1934:
We a' liket the new demmie at Mains. She booset aboot the kitchie, dichtin' here an' snoddin' up there, an' the tongue o' her never lyin'.

Hence: (1) Boocin', busen, ppl.adj., bustling, energetic. Sh.(D) 1891 J. J. H. Burgess Rasmie's Büddie 44:
But an ben, Boocin' Baabie.
Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928) s.v. busen:
Of fire: big, blazing, a b[usen] fire.

(2) Boossan, vbl.n., a bustling about. n.Sc. 1898 E.D.D.:
Sic a boossan oot an in she keepit a' day.

[Cf. Norw. buse, Sw. busa, to dash, bound; e.Fris. bûsen, to be violent, impetuous, to bluster (Falk and Torp).]

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