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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II). Includes material from the 1976 supplement.
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BRAINYELL, Brainzel, Brenyel, v. and n. [′brenjəl]

1. v. “To break forth, to rush violently” (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.). With adv. up, it means put up (a good fight).Slk. 1813 Hogg Queen's Wake 178:
Och then the eagle swinkit for lyfe, And brainzellit up ane mortyl stryfe.
Dmf. 1833 W. Park Vale of Esk 87:
She brenyelt outowre the braid flat stanes.

2. n. An uproar; outburst.Rxb. 1847 J. Halliday Rustic Bard 318:
Never afore, Was seen sic a brainyell o' riot and revelry.
Slk. a.1835 Hogg Tales, etc. (1837) I. 66:
I took him [the dog] in aneath my plaid, for fear o' some grit brainyell of an outbrik, thinkin it some sheepstealer.

[Cf. Norse brengja, to wriggle, twist (Torp). Variant of Brangle, Braingel.]

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