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Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II).
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CHAP AT THE BAR, n.phr. “The noise of the waves on the pebbly beach. It is regarded as a weather-sign by the people in the interior of the county. If in winter the noise comes from the east, frost is looked for; if from the west, a thaw” (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 24). Known to Bnff.2 1939.

[From Chap, n.3]

Chap At The Bar n. phr.

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