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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III). Includes material from the 1976 and 2005 supplements.
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DOWG, DOUG, n., v. Sc. forms of Eng. dog (Cai.7 1940; e.Rs.1 1929; Crm. 1911 N. Watson W.-L.; Bnff.2, Abd.2, Slg.3 1940; Bch. (coast) 1891 J. A. Forrest in Trans. Bch. Field Club II. 13–16; Fif., Lth. 1926 Wilson Cent. Scot. 239; ne.Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B. 28). See also Dog, Dug. [dʌug]

I. n.

1. Sc. forms: Sc. 1826 Scott Woodstock xx.:
“It was with the dowg,” answered the Scotsman drily.
Cai. 1934 Caithness Forum in John o' Groat Jnl. (9 Nov.) 6:
Every auld wife they met comin' or goin' they turned her intil a hare 'at 'e souplest doug could never catch.
Cai. 1992 James Miller A Fine White Stoor 137:
Where are ye going, dowg? Oh there's somebody coming doon the brae. A lassie.
Bnff. 1867 Bnffsh. Jnl. (29 Jan.) 2:
Put out that dowg.
m.Sc. 1927 J. Buchan Witch Wood 181:
Watch them as a dowg watches a ratton.
Fif. 1896 D. S. Meldrum Grey Mantle 124:
We'll let sleepin' dowgs lie.
Bwk. 1897 R. M. Calder Poems 112:
Close by the heap his dougship lay, Full at his ease.
Gsw. 1877 A. G. Murdoch Laird's Lykewake, etc. 122:
The sheep-dowg's bark, the bumbee's stang, My only fricht an' care.
Kcb. 1893 S. R. Crockett Stickit Minister 92:
There's no a dowg in the Dullarg but she maun clap.
s.Sc. 1835–40 J. M. Wilson Tales of the Borders VIII. 173:
Ye have as many dougs, I can tell ye, as ye hae banes to pike.

Hence douget, dogged.Ayr. 1879 R. Adamson Lays 77:
Like ither daft fules, wi dour-douget wills, That wad fain hae the wrang tae be richt.

Phr. and Combs.: 1. as thick as doug-heads, very intimate; used contemptuously; cf. as thick as dogs' heads s.v. Dog, III. 1; 2. dowg's-hatch, a dog's kennel; 3. doughill, a dunghill; 4. doug stones, the spotted orchis, Orchis maculata (Cai. 1911 John o' Groat Jnl. (3 Oct.); cf. dog's dogger s.v. Dog, III. 2. and Eng. dogstones, Orchis.1. Dmb. 1846 W. Cross Disruption xxxiii.:
He's daft aboot her yet, and she's just as daft aboot him. He has grown as thick as doug-heads wi' Stiffriggs her brother.
2. Dmf. 1899 J. Shaw in Country Schoolmaster (ed. Wallace) 372:
Wi' skin as broon and rough as felt, In tent like dowg's-hatch, watching dowgs And keelies sneaking roun' their lugs.
3. Tyr. 1928 “M. Mulcaghey” Ballymulcaghey (1929) 229:
Sam's woman threw what was left of the fowl out on the doughill.

2. A hook on the chain for drawing up the coal-tub to the surface of a mine. See Dog, n., 1. (3).Lnk. 1875 T. Stewart Doric Rhyme 13:
Before cages were invented, miners brought their basket of coal to the pit-bottom and hung it on a pair of hooks called 'dougs,' attached to a chain used for raising the coal to the surface.

II. v. To draw coal-tubs up the shaft of a coal-mine. See Dog, v., 2. (1).Lnk. 1875 T. Stewart Doric Rhyme 13:
When a miner wishes to ask of another if he has a heavy darg, it is yet a common expression, Hae ye mony tae doug?

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