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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III). Includes material from the 1976 supplement.

CRAIGIE, Cragie, Cragy, n.  Common dim. of Craig, n.2 [′kregi]

1. The neck (Bnff.2, Abd.9, Ags.17, Fif.10 1940).Sc. 1724–27 Ramsay T. T. Misc. (1733) I. 21:
A good blew bonnet on his head, An owrlay 'bout his cragy.
Rxb.(D) 1925 E. C. Smith Mang Howes an Knowes 11:
Ma collar lay roond ma craigie as wanrestfih as branks an brecham roond a yaud.

2. The throat (Bnff.2, Abd.2, Fif.10, Edb.1 (w.Lth.) 1940).Sc. 1920 D. Rorie Auld Doctor 13:
For as it trickled owre his craigie, He held it wardit aff lumbaigy.
Ayr. 1786 Burns Jolly Beggars (Cent. ed.) sixth air ii.:
If e'er ye want, or meet wi' scant, May I ne'er weet my craigie!
w.Dmf. 1899 J. Shaw in Country Schoolmaster (ed. Wallace) 334:
Noo' ye'll tak' my whusky, and afore the smell o't's oot your craigie, ye'll come to me telling me ye've sign'd awa' your sowl.

3. “A long-necked bottle” (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl.).

4. Phrs. and Combs.: (1) craigie heron, the heron, Ardea cinerea (n.Sc., Slg. 1885 C. Swainson Brit. Birds 145; Kcb.10 1940); (2) craigie's clossie, the throat (Mry.2 1880); cf. craig's-clos(i)e s.v. Craig, n.2; (3) to go doun the reid craiggie, to be swallowed (Ags.17 1940).(1)m.Lth. 1857 Misty Morning 107: 
They wad snap him like a cragie-heron wi' a puddock.

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