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CHUCKIE-STANE (STONE), Chuckey-, Chackie-, n. comb.

1. “A small pebble; a quartz crystal rounded by attrition on the beach” (Sc. 1808 Jam., chuckie-stane); “a small flat stone used by boys for skimming across a water surface” (Abd.10 1920, chuckie-stane). Also applied in Ags. to a curling stone (Ags.17 1940). Fif.3 1916 gives chackie-stane. Known to Bnff.2, Abd., Ags. and Fif. correspondents, Slg.3, Edb.1, Kcb. correspondents 1940. See also Chuck, n.2, 1. Sc. 1832 A. Henderson Sc. Proverbs 113:
Gar wood is ill to grow, chuckie stanes are ill to chew.
m.Sc. 1922 “O. Douglas” Ann and her Mother ix.:
The meat . . . was a' amang the gravel. What could we do but juist scoop up wi' a spoon what we could get — meat, chuckie-stanes an' a'.
Lnk. 1793 D. Ure Hist. Rutherglen and E. Kilbride 268:
Quartzy nodules, or chuckie-stones, as they are vulgarly called, are very common, and are of various colours.

2. In pl. “A game played at by girls, in which four pebbles are spread on a stone, and while a fifth is tossed up, these must be quickly gathered, and the falling pebble caught in its descent in the same hand with them” (Sc. 1877 Jam.4, chuckie-stanes). Known to Bnff.2, Arg.1, Kcb.10 1940. Cf. Chuck, n.2, 2, and w.Yks. check-stones (see E.D.D. s.v. check, sb.2). Sc. 1823 J. G. Lockhart Reg. Dalton III. vii. v.:
Come, come, Leddy Catline — we've had enough of this work. Time's no chuckey-stanes — Has your leddyship not been holding any serious conversation?

Chuckie-stane (stone) n. comb.

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