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COLLIESHANGIE, Colly-, Colie-, Colli-, cully-, Cally-, Colleshangee, Cullieshang, n. and. v. The forms collieshang (Kcb.4 c.1900) and colasheen (Ork. 1880 Dennison Orcad. Sk. Bk. 104) are also found. Callyshangie is given by Mry.5 (1928). [kɔl′ʃɑŋi Sc., but Ork. + kɔlə′ʃin, Mry. + kal′ʃɑŋi, Abd., Ags. + kʌl′ʃɑŋi; kɔl′ʃɑŋ Kcb.; kʌl′ʃɑŋ Rxb.]

1. n.

(1) A noisy dispute, an uproar, row, disturbance. Gen.Sc. Mry. 1873 J. Brown Round Table Club 92:
There's nae collieshangie aboot cerimonies an' pints o' kirk government there.
Abd. 1737 W. Meston Old Mother Grim's Tales 45–46:
Sitting too long by the Barrel, MacBane and Donald Dow did quarrel, And in a colleshangee landed.
Ags. 1826 A. Balfour Highland Mary I. xi.:
Wadna' you lookit right blate an' that cullyshangie had happened at the pier?
Rxb. 1808 A. Scott Poems 135:
Cullieshangs 'tween man an' wife Happen whyles for want o' siller.

(2) A dog-fight (Bnff.2 1937; Peb. 1910 (per Ayr.1)). Ayr. 1913 J. Service Memorables R. Cummell vii.:
There was a collyshangie ae day amang a wheen dowgs.
Dmf. 1891 J. Brown Hist. of Sanquhar viii.:
The collies, to keep them company, take to barking, the result being many a “collieshangie,” in which . . . a good deal of worrying takes place.

(3) Talk, consultation, animated or gossiping conversation, with no idea of conflict implied. Bnff.6 c.1920:
I hid a lang collyshangie wi' him.
Abd. 1928 N. Shepherd Quarry Wood xv.:
They made no steer when they gathered for a collieshangie at a dyke corner.
Ags.(D) 1892 Brechin Advertiser (6 Dec.) 3/5:
We'll juist stap ower to the fit o' the Cairn o' Mount, an' haud a colieshangie wi' Sir John Forbes.

2. v. To wrangle; fight. Fif. 1894 A. S. Robertson Provost o' Glendookie 94:
Come oot o' that. Ye needna think to collishangie wi' me.

[Origin uncertain; not in O.Sc. Gael. coileid, noise, hubbub, stir, has been suggested as the first element; the suggestion that it comes from Collie, a dog, + Shangie, a piece of wood or other encumbrance attached to a dog's tail (thereby causing it to make a noisy disturbance), is doubtful on the grounds that the earliest known use of the word = a disturbance, quarrel between two men. Cf. also note to Cuttieshang].

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