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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III).
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COLL, Collie, Coallie, n. [′kɔl(ɪ̢), ′kolɪ̢]

1. The hog-score, “a line drawn, in the amusement of Curling, across the rink or course. The stone which does not pass this line, is called a hog, and is thrown aside, as not being counted in the game” (Ags. 1825 Jam.2). Jam. also gives the forms collie and coallie for Slg.Ags. 1825 Jam.2:
He's no o'er the coll.

2. “A name given to a curling-stone that fails to pass the Collie; also to a failed ball in the game of bowls” (Sc. 1887 Jam.6). The form collie always appears to be used in this sense.Sc. 1832–46 Curler's Garland in Whistle-Binkie (3rd Series) 39:
The ice is dauchie, nae fun can we get, For ilka stane lies a collie.
Ayr. 1828 J. Dunlop Descr. and Hist. Sk. Curling (1883) 49:
The hogscore, too, gets collies a few.

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"Coll n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 22 May 2024 <>



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