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DOUSEN, Doosen, v. To quieten, subdue (Bnff.2 1940). ne.Sc. a.1835  J. Grant Tales (1836) 62–63:
David Blair, . . . as reckless a widdifu' as cou'd ha'e been gotten in ten parishes . . . gat a fleg wi' the kelpie 'at dousen't him for a's days.

Hence doosener, something that has a crushing or subduing effect. Bnff. 1928 2 :
Sankey's gey quait on't noo. Fat the shirra said till 'im wiz an afa doosener.

[Douse s.v. Douce + -en, verb-forming suffix.]

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