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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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BUNCE, v. [bʌns]

1. Sc. form of St.Eng. bounce. Known to Bnff.2, Abd.22, Fif.1 1937. See also Bonce.Abd. 1865 G. Macdonald Alec Forbes I. xv.:
Justice itsel', dune for the sake o' a private grudge, will bunce back upo' the doer.

2. “To push or strike (a person, etc.) with the head, like a vicious ox” (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.).

3. To challenge to a friendly game, eg. of bowls or curling.Wgt., Dmf. 1988 W. A. D. and D. Riach A Galloway Glossary :
bounce to challenge (Wgt 'of a friendly challenge'; ' especially at carpet bowls'; Dmf 'at curling').
 Comb. bounce game, In curling, a friendly game, not part of a competition (Ayr. 2004).

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