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

CROG, Croa(c)k, Croag, n. Also crogue (Cai. 1829 J. Hay Poems 61). A paw; “a big hand” (Cai.8 1934, croack). In pl. = fingers (cf. Cragan). “In Mry. the diminutive croagies is specially applied to infants' hands” (1916 T.S.D.C. II.).

Hence croagfu', a handful.Sc. 1825 Jam.2:
I'll no gi'e you a bit in your crog or crogs.
Ags. 1818 Anon. Gentlemen of the North 37:
The hangman applied to him for his usual allowance of a croagfu' out o' ilka pock.

Phrs.: 1. in his croaks, in his grasp, in his clutches (Cai.8 1934); 2. to get one's croacks on (something), to get a grip of (something) (Id.).

[Gael. cròg, a large hand, a paw (MacLennan).]

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