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BUCKLE, Buckl, Bukkle, Bukkel, v., tr. and intr. Sc. usages and forms of St.Eng. buckle.

1. (1) To join in marriage; to be joined in marriage, sometimes followed by wi' or too (= to); (2) to partner. Gen.Sc. (1) Sc. 1724–1727  Ramsay T. T. Misc. (1733) 28:
An ye wad gi's a bit land, Wee'd buckle us e'en the gither.
Sc. 1832–1846  Royal Union in Whistle-Binkie (3rd Series) 9:
Woo'd an' wedded an' a', Buckled an' bedded an' a'.
Abd. 1768  A. Ross What ails the lasses at me? iv.:
But nane o' them fand I wad fall in Or say they wad buckle wi me.
Dmb. 1894  D. MacLeod Past Worthies of Lennox 114:
He had been spoken to anent buckling too on a certain day, at a given hour, a couple who dwelt in the Mill o' Ha'dane.
Kcb. 1806  J. Train Poet. Reveries 64:
To her came a rewayl'd draggle, Wha had bury'd wives anew, Ask'd her in a manner legal, Gin she wadna buckle too.
(2) Slk. 1829  Hogg Shepherd's Calendar II. i.:
Take her to the top o' the dance, the top o' the table at dinner, and laugh, and sing . . . and if your ain lass disna happen to be unco weel buckled, it is ten to ane she will find an opportunity of offering you her company afore night.

†Comb.: buckle-beggar, buckle-the-beggars, “one who marries others in a clandestine and disorderly manner” (Sc. 1808 Jam.); “a hedge-priest, who pretended to perform the ceremony of marriage” (Sc. 1882 C. Mackay Poetry and Humour Sc. Lang. 39, buckle-beggar). Uls. 1902  A. McIlroy Humour of Druid's Island 116:
Ye werna married properly, Tam, . . . he wasna a minister that tied ye . . . he was just an auld buckle-the-beggars.

2. To dress (Bnff.2, Abd.19 1936); used only in ne.Sc. Bnff. 1882  W. M. Philip K. MacIntosh's Scholars xv.:
It's a new thing to hear o' fowk in their station . . . haudin sic feastin's and livin' sae braw. Leuk fat wye yon lassies are buckled!
Bch. 1928  (per
15):
Afore she got buckled, he was on nittles, trintlin oot an' in, an' sayin', “Heesht ye, ummon, the geeg's yokit.”

Hence bucklins, clothes; trappings. Abd. 1910 13 :
Hiv ye gotten on a' yer bucklins?
Bch. 1912  (per Abd.15):
A horse cam rinnin roon on me wi' a' its bucklins on. Aw flong ma creel, an' aff ower the style!

3. To wrap up (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl. s.v. buckl); fasten up. Cf. Bouchled. Sh. 1914  Angus Gl.:
O, just bukkel hit up ony wy.
Ork. 1929  Marw.:
Buckle thee up well afore thoo goes oot.
Rnf. 1792  A. Wilson Watty and Meg (1808) 5:
Up my claes and cash I buckl't, “Bess, for ever fare ye weel.”

Hence bucklin's, bandages. Lnk. 1865  J. Hamilton Poems and Sketches 37:
He rave the bucklin's aff his haun'.

Comb.: buckle-comb, “a comb for holding up the hair” (Gall.3 c.1867).

4. To beat, overcome. Ags. 1826  A. Balfour Highland Mary I. xi.:
Weel, chap on, sir; your horse is gude but mine, I think, wad buckle you in a ten-mile trot.
Fif. 1825  Jam.2:
I was fairly buckled wi't.

5. “Ravel or tangle” (Sh. 1913 J. M. Hutcheson W.-L.). Sh. 1914  Angus Gl.:
Da ku is bukkled intil her tedder.

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