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DAMISH, Dammish, Daimish, Demmish, v., n. [′dɑmɪʃ, ′demɪʃ]

1. v.

(1) To damage (Fif.10 1939; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B., daimish); ppl.adj. daimish't, (a) damaged; (b) rotten, putrefying (Ib.). Bnff.2 1946:
Leave that knock abeen an' dinna damish it.

Hence dammishment, damage, injury (Fif.10 1939). Fif. 1827 W. Tennant Papistry Storm'd 131:
My bottle-champion, be it kent, Nae dammishment shall dree.

(2) Used as an expletive. Ags.(D) 1894 J. B. Salmond My Man Sandy (1899) 128:
Damish your skins, I cud thrash the whole pack o' ye.
Per. 1900 E.D.D.:
Damish the hide o' ye!

2. n. Damage, injury. Slk. 1820 Hogg Winter Ev. Tales II. 243:
But canna you tell me, kimmer, what was the corpse like? Was't a' fair, an' bonny, an' nae blueness nor demmish to be seen?

[For development of [ʃ] from [dʒ], cf. Manish and manage, and see Watson W.-B., Intro. § 20.C. But cf. also note to Dammish.]

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