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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II).
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CHIRR, CHURR, n. “A very slight rub or touch by a running stone in passing another, the angle of deflection being less acute than in a ‘wick'; a term used in curling” (Kcb.10 1940, churr).w.Dmf. 1903 J. L. Waugh Thornhill (1923) xiii.:
Duke, gie me that, and dinna depend on the cowe. If ye get a chirr on this . . . weel an' guid; if ye slip, ye'll get the shot.

[Prob. onomat., from the grinding sound made by the running stone in passing the other.]

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