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BUSS, Bus, n.6

1. A mouth (Cai.7 1937); cf. Bush, n.3; “a pouting or sulking mouth” (Cai. 1907 D. B. Nicolson in County of Cai. 67); “a sulky expression, pursing the mouth” (Mry.1 1928). Cai. 1937 7 :
A'll gie ye wan in 'e buss.

Phrs.: (1) to have a bus on one,” to be disappointed and slightly sulky in consequence” (Cai.4 c.1920); (2) to pit on a buss, “to sulk” (Cai. 1907 D. B. Nicolson in County of Cai. 67).

2. A kiss. Arch. Also in arch. and dial. use in Eng. (N.E.D.). Ayr. 1823  Galt Entail xxix.:
“It's the last buss,” added Walter, “it's the last buss, Betty Bodle, ye'll e'er gie to mortal man while am your gudeman.”

[See Boose, n.2 and v.2]

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