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BRIDLE, n. Sc. usages.

1. “The bridle of a Loom, Running Bridle, Cross Bridle” (Sc. 1899 Mont.-Fleming). Rnf. 1876  D. Gilmour Paisley Weavers iii.:
When the lashes were kinched, there was a bridling cord attached to each head, ten or twelve inches apart, so that the first and last and all intermnediate lashes were connected by this “running bridle.”

2. Phrases: †(1) to bite on the bridle, to be in great straits; (2) to keep a bridle hand, to keep in control (Ags.1, Slg.3 1936). (1) Sc. 1819  Scott Bride of Lamm. xxiv.:
Let her bite on the bridle when she was living . . . and gie her a decent burial now she's dead.
(2) Sc. 1724–1727  Ramsay T. T. Misc. (1733) 135:
Thou rade sae fast by sea and land, And wadna keep a bridle hand.

3. Comb.: bridle backs, “short pieces of wood nailed across the upper end of the cupples, just below the hûnes [extremes of cupples where they join at roof]” (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl.; Abd.9 1936). See Bauk,1 n., 2.

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"Bridle n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 27 May 2019 <>



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