Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
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.
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