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CRAMP, n.2 Cf. Crampet. [krɑmp]

1. A spiked piece of iron fastened on to the shoes when curling to prevent slipping (Ags.17, Slg.3, Lnk.11 1940). Cf. Clamp, n.4 Sc. 1882  Chambers's Jnl. (Dec.) 833:
You've ruled me lang enough, guidwife; Henpecked nae mair I'll be; I'll hae my will — my broom and cramps, And to the loch I'll gae.

2. A skate. Slk. 1813  Hogg Queen's Wake 191:
The youth, on cramps of polished steel, Joined in the race, the curve, the wheel.

3. “The iron sheet laid down at the end of a curling rink to keep the player from slipping when throwing his stone” (Gall. 1898 E.D.D.). Also in pl. Known to Cai.7, Abd.9, Fif.10, Lnk.11, Kcb.10 1940. Kcb.10 has also seen wooden cramps. Rnf. 1833  J. Cairnie Curling 90:
Gibson let go his stone, James Riddel sprung upon the cramps, followed the wake of Gawin's stane . . . and knocked it to flinders.

4. An iron spike driven into a wall. Bnff. 1941 2 :
Ye'll need twa cramps in the wa' t' haud up the skelf.
Abd. 1941 9 :
The foreman jist dreeve a cramp intae the wa' tae hing the horse collar on't.

[Extension of obs. Eng. cramp, an iron bar with the end bent to a hook.]

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