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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II). Includes material from the 1976 and 2005 supplements.
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BREENGE, BRAINGE, Breinge, Brange, Bringe, v. and n. Also braindge (Ayr. 1858 M. Porteous Souter Johnny 30). [brindʒ, brendʒ Sc., but Ayr. and Gsw. + brɪndʒ]

I. v., intr. and tr.

1. intr. To rush forward recklessly or carelessly; to plunge; to make a violent effort. Also fig. Gen.Sc. Sc. 1991 Scotsman 31 Oct 22:
All Blacks caught offside after Armstrong had breenged from short penalty.
Sc. 1998 Herald 20 Jan :
Then when we noticed that other cities were using their waterfront for urban regeneration, Glasgow breenged back towards the Clyde like an excited toddler heading for the beach.
Abd.1 1929:
The maister cam' hame wi' a guid dram in, breenget aboot, knockit owre a cheer or twa an scared the bairns.
  Abd. 1996 Sheena Blackhall Wittgenstein's Web 8:
Bit Davie breenged hame, suppit a glaiss o milk, ett a quick piece, syne hashed on oot an awa ower the back roadies tae Neil's hoose.
Ags. 1930 “A. Kennedy” Orra Boughs xxx:
Or shall I breenge on, and at the end o' livin' be able to say “I've lived”?
em.Sc.(a) 1991 Kate Armstrong in Tom Hubbard The New Makars 114:
Sea-maws twirl mirligo.
A peat-stack's cowped aroun the door.
Scarts breenge ablow.
em.Sc. 2000 James Robertson The Fanatic 10:
He paused, and Jackie wondered if he was going to offer her a free pass, but he only drew breath before breenging on with the sales-pitch.
em.Sc. 2000 James Robertson The Fanatic 300:
She picked up speed on the slope past the St James shopping centre. ... She breenged on.
wm.Sc. 1985 Liz Lochhead Tartuffe 4:
Ah cry it a dampt disgrace
That a naebody should tak the maister's place!
To breenge in here, a raggity bare-fit tink,
Wi' the bareface to tell us whit to think.
wm.Sc. 1995 Alan Warner Morvern Callar 60:
The Panatine breenged in and over to the bar.
Lnk.1 1931:
O aye, it's true eneuch: he never breinget to deny it.
Ayr. 1786 Burns Auld Farmer's Salutation xii.:
Thou never braing't, an' fetch't, an' flisket.
Kcb. 1883 G. Murray Sarah Rae, etc. 65:
He first felt fain, then unco queer, Began to loup, and brange, and rear.
w.Dmf. 1917 J. L. Waugh Cute McCheyne 106:
Whoa, Sally! what are ye braingin' at? Ye'll ha'e that guid graith a' shaken to bits.

ppl.adj. breingin' (see 1898 quot.).Abd. 1995 Sheena Blackhall Lament for the Raj 21:
Noo, breengin bawds rin gyte
Lythe lammies lowp; plash! puddocks plowp.
Per. 1898 E.D.D.; Lnl.1 1935:
A bustling woman with a sharpish tongue is called a “breingin' bodie.”
m.Lth. 1906 J. Medwin Crummleyknowe 264:
Andrew was breengin and dour, too, in his way.
Ayr. 1843 J. Stirrat Poems 100:
Tho' nature ties me to the sex, Nae breendging queen shall e'er me vex.

2. tr. To drive with a rush (Abd.22, Ags.1 1935; to bang (of a door). Also used fig. (see first quot.).Sc.(E) 1879 P. H. Waddell Isaiah xl. 23:
Wha breinges the big folk till nought.
Per. 1895 R. Ford Tayside Songs 142:
They breeng'd him wi' bauchels, they chased him wi' cheers.
Slg. 1932 W. D. Cocker Poems 49:
Auld Paddy, the packman, comes daunerin' roon, . . . An' the lees that he tells are a waefu' disgrace, But naebody yet breenged a door in his face.
Lnk. 1893 J. Crawford Sc. Verses and Sangs 29:
D'ye min' oor glorious snawba' fechts At nicht when skule met skule? Tho' whiles the “Mice” wad chase the “Rats,” An' breenge them doon the hill.

3. Phrases: (1) come breenge, rush noisily; (2) let breenge, aim a blow. Gen.Sc.(1) Ags. 1892 Arbroath Guide (12 Nov.) 3/7; Lnl.1 1935:
Something cam' breenge doon the stair.
(2) Abd.7 1925; Edb.1 1935:
He leet breenge at 'im wi' a stock.
Per. 1904 R. Ford Hum. Sc. Stories (Ser. 2) 23:
Lattin' breenge at the box, first wi' his hands and then wi' his feet.

4. To beat, batter, belabour, pelt, knock (Abd. 1915 H. Beaton Benachie 188). Vbl.n. breengin, a beating. Per. 1878 R. Ford Hamespun Lays 92, 112:
Mony a-reengin' wi' the tawse . . . They breeng'd him wi' bauchels.

II. n.

1. A violent or clumsy rush, a dash, a plunge. Gen.Sc.Sc. 1928 L. Spence in Scots Mag. (May) 142:
And Jeemsie wis growin' fair seek o't and ettlin' to mak' a breenge for his caur.
Sc. 1995 James S. Adam New Verses for an Auld Sang 6:
My Gaelic comes through much pursuit of an elusive acquaintance with the language of Eden; after many years of striving with the grammar and spelling, today I just take a deep breath and mak a breinge at it.
Abd. 1932 R. L. Cassie Scots Sangs 44:
A hedderie hirst, wi' breenge an' birst, Is thrangin tae the tuilzie.
Fif.10 1935:
The beast lat a brainge forrit.
Edb. 1915 T. W. Paterson Auld Saws 58:
It's better to gang canny, an' gang shair, . . . Than tak the causey, bashin wi' a breinge, An' fa', an' brak yer taes.
Ayr. 1879 R. Adamson Lays of Leisure Hours 119:
Sae wi' a bringe he laup oot o'er the stiddy, An' by the neck wi' yae hand held the body.
Kcb. 1789 D. Davidson Seasons 35:
Baith wi' a brainge Sprang, hap an' sten, out o'er a nettle An', cry'd revenge.

Phr.: a' at a brainge, suddenly, on a sudden impulse.Ayr. 1822 H. Ainslie Pilgrimage, etc. 111:
Just a' at a brainge, the folk took some tirryvee an' awa they gaed like the break o' a storm.

2. A blow, punch (Lnl.1 1935).Ags. 1921 A. S. Neill Carroty Broon ix.:
Gie him a breenge in the neb, Peter!

3. fig. A fit of temper (Lnl.1 1935).Fif. 1894 A. S. Robertson Provost o' Glendookie 105:
[This bairn] taks sic breenges whiles, that I'm at my wits end to ken what to dae wi' him.

[Origin obscure, but cf. Brainyell, Brangle.]

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