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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III).

DRAIG, DRA(A)G, n. Of a tide: the forward or backward motion (Sh. 1899 J. Spence Folk-Lore 120, draag; Sh.10 1949, Cai.7 1940, drag; Fif. 1949 (per Abd.27)). Gen. in phr. the last draigs o' tide (Ork. 1929 Marw.).Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928):
Gi'e de line plenty o' skob [scope] for de drag o' de tide.

[From drag. Cf. also Norw. dial. dragsu, undercurrent of tide, tide movement on beach.]

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"Draig n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 1 Oct 2022 <>



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