Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
‡BROOSE, Bruise, Brouze, Bruze, Breeze, Braize, n. A race at country weddings from the church or the bride's home to the bridegroom's, “freq. to an outstretched handkerchief held by the bride and best-maid: the prize usually being a handkerchief” (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.). The reward might also take the form of a ribbon, a drink of ale or whisky, a dish of kail (n.Eng.) or of brose. Gen. in phrs. to ride the broose, to rin (run) —, to win —. Known to Ags.1, Lnk.3 (for Lth.) 1936, braize. [bru:z Sc.; brø:z I.Sc., sn.Sc., m.Sc. + bre:z; bri:z (Abd.2); bre:z (Lnk.3, rare)]
Sc. 1816 Scott B. Dwarf vii.:
It wad divert ye to be at the bridal on Monday. There will be a hundred strapping Elliots to ride the brouze. Sc. 1845 Stat. Acc.2 I. 549–550:
This man . . . when running the “bruze” at a wedding, not only distanced his competitors, but outstripped a person mounted on a hunting horse. Abd. 1900 A. F. Moir in Scots Mag. (March 1934) 442:
Marriages were also great occasions in the Strath . . . at some period of the day, there was the “riding of the broose,” a race on horseback when mounts were available, otherwise on foot. To “win the broose” was a great distinction, often talked about afterwards in the winter evenings. Abd.2 1936:
He who “wan the breeze” returned with a bottle of whisky, treating all by the way. Ags. 1818 Edb. Mag. and Lit. Misc. (Nov.) 412:
The company, upon leaving the kirk, take the road to the bridegroom's; if any are upon horseback, they start for what is called riding the broose, that is, a race who shall first arrive at his door. wm.Sc. 1835–1837 Laird of Logan II. 253:
It'll no be my fau't gin ye getna an opportunity of riding the broose at my waddin'. Ayr. 1786 Burns Auld Farmer's Salutation ix.:
At Brooses thou had ne'er a fellow, For pith an' speed. Slk. 1820 Hogg Winter Ev. Tales II. 192:
Davie Scott o' the Ramsey-cleuch burn, amid the bay of dogs, and the shouts of men and women, got first to the bride-groom's door, and of course was acknowledged to have won the broose.
Used fig., “to strive, to contend in whatever way” (Sc. 1808 Jam.).
Sc. 1788 R. Galloway Poems 156:
To think to ride or rin the bruise Wi' them ye name, I'm sure my haltin, feckless muse Wad be to blame.
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