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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II). Includes material from the 1976 supplement.
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BUCKS, Buks, Bux, v., n. and adv. [bʌks, bɔks]

1. v. (1) “To tramp upon a soft substance” (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl., bucks); to splash through water, snow, etc.Sh. 1914 Angus Gl.:
Gjaain buksin tru da snaw.
Sh.(D) 1918 T. Manson Humours Peat Comm. I. xvii.:
“Shu's buxin,” said the P.M., referring to the peculiar sound made as the feet were dragged out. . . . “I'm buxin tu, and so ir ye. Ye wir doon ower da tap o your buits.”

Ppl.adj. in phr. bucksan weet, soaking wet.Ork. 1929 Marw.:
His feet were just b[ucksan] weet.

(2) To walk noisily and clumsily; to plunge.Sh.(D) 1891 J. J. H. Burgess Rasmie's Büddie 45:
Shü yokks a spade, comes buxin in, An scrits da earten flür.

2. n. A clumsy jump; tramping steps (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928)).Ib.:
To mak' a b[uks], to tramp clumsily (really to make a clumsy jump).

3. adv. With a splash, plump into or through water. Ork. 1968 M. A. Scott Island Saga 99: 
Accordingly hid wuz deun, aun in we gaed full bux.

[Cf. O.N. byxa sér, to jump (Zoëga), Norw. bykse, to hop, leap, M.H.Ger. bückezen, to spring like a goat (Falk and Torp).]

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