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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II). Includes material from the 1976 and 2005 supplements.

BUCKLE, n. Sc. usages.

1. “A tussle, a pretended struggle” (Bnff.2 1912).Sh. 1898 Shet. News (10 Dec.):
Da boys hed a buckle wi' da lasses, bit dey got a kiss . . . afore dey set them down.

2. In phrs.: (1) up i(n) th(e) buckle, (a) elated; “in very common use” (Per. 1898 E.D.D.; Fif.10, Lnk.3 1936; Sc. a.1838 Jam. MSS. X. 33);  (b) conceited, uppish; (2) nearly a buckle, “nearly equal” (Sc. 1896 A. Cheviot Proverbs 262).(1) (a) Sc. 1887 A. S. Swan Gates of Eden i.:
Jean'll be up in the buckle the day.
(b) Fif. 1864 W. D. Latto Tammas Bodkin (1868) xxviii.:
Ye're up i' th' buckle the nicht, lad — Esquire nae less!
Bwk. 1856 G. Henderson Pop. Rhymes 127:
It's up i' the buckle like Willie Dippie's bellows.
Kcb. 1913 G. M. Gordon Auld Clay Bigin', etc. 52:
Mebbe she had picked up some notions o' gentility at the Big Hoose for she was thocht whiles inclined tae be a bit up i' the buckle.
(2) s.Sc. 1858 Tales of the Borders XIII. 164:
My learning, ye see, brought me within a very little o' the minister himsel-indeed, we were nearly a buckle.

3. In comb.: buckle-horned, “perverse, headstrong, obstinate” (Sc. 1911 S.D.D.). Cf. bool-horned, s.v. Bool, n.2, which shows the lit. as well as the fig. use.

4. The clamp or iron fitting which holds the wheel or coulter of a plough on to the beam (Fif. 1957).Abd. 1987 Alexander Fenton Wirds an' Wark 71:
More recent coulters had round shanks and were fixed to the side of the beam by means of an iron buckle that straddled it. It was possible to turn such a coulter slightly to the left for the plough to be gi'en mair lan', if necessary, or back, for less.

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