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DRAM, n.1, v.1 Sc. usages.

1. n. As in Eng. = a small drink of liquor. Freq. used with the def. art. = drink, drinking. In phrs. and comb.: †(1) dram-house, a public-house, esp. one selling only whisky; (2) to be one's dram, to pay one's share of the drinks (Ags.2, Fif.10 1940); †(3) to fall on the dram, to get drunk, to go on the spree. (1) Sc. 1752 Scots Mag. (Aug. 1753) 393:
They drank two or three drams at a dram-house.
m.Lth. 1845 Stat. Acc.2 I. 75:
There are five public, or rather dram-houses in the parish.
(2) Lth. 1819 J. Thomson Poems 76:
To be her dram she wasna sweer, But now she's dead.
(3) Ayr. 1870 J. K. Hunter Life Studies 51:
They fell on the dram, and raised a rippet somehow, and were put up the steeple.

Hence †dramer, a dram-glass or its contents. Sc. 1715 Maj. Fraser's MS. (ed. A. Fergusson) II. 166:
Supt; drunk some dramers; went to bed.

2. v. To tipple. Obs. in Eng. since 18th cent. Sc. 1858 Sc. Haggis 136:
Dinna be always dram-dram-dramming.
Abd. 1875 W. Alexander My Ain Folk 122:
They'll jist gae as far the tither gate drammin' thegither.
Edb. 1828 D. M. Moir Mansie Wauch (1839) xiii.:
He became dumfoundered wi' the darkness and the dramming thegither.

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