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BRUNT, v., pa.t. and pa.p. Used also as a ppl.adj. Cf. Brint, and see also Burn, v., and Burnt.

1. As in St.Eng. burnt. Gen.Sc. m.Lth. 1788 J. Macaulay Poems 184:
An' how the auld wife try'd to spin, But brunt her rock.

Phr.: a brunt crust, a person of no worth or means. Sc. 1816 Scott Antiquary (1818) xv.:
“He hasna settled his account wi' my gudeman, the deacon, for this twalmonth.” . . . “Nor wi' huz for sax months,” echoed Mrs Shortcake — “He's but a brunt crust.”

2. “Cheated; swindled in a bargain” (Cai.3, Bnff.2, Abd.9, Ags.1, Fif.10 1936). Sc. 1808 Jam.:
One says that he has been brunt, when overreached.

3. A term used in certain games. (See quot.) Clydesd. 1825 Jam.2:
In curling, when a stone is improperly touched, or impeded in its course, it is said to be brunt. . . . In Blindman's-buff, he who is twice crowned or touched on the head, by the taker, or him who is hoodwinked, instead of once only, according to the law of the game, the person taken is said to be brunt, and regains his liberty.

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