Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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FLAIP, n. Also †flep, †flipe (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.). A dull, heavy unbroken fall, esp. on something soft, a thud (Slk., Rxb. 1825 Jam.; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.); the dull sound of such a fall (Ib.). Also intensive form flaiper, a very severe fall (Slk. 1925 Jam.). Slk. 1818  Hogg B. of Bodsbeck (1874) vii.:
If ye war to stite aff that, ye wad gang to the boddom o' the linn wi' a flaip.
Slk. 1827  Hogg Shepherd's Cal. (1874) xvii.:
Keep us from a' proud prossing and upsetting — from foul flaips, and stray steps.
Rxb. 1847  J. Halliday Rustic Bard 150:
I've gotten mony flaips an' fa's, Baith cleek and cross.

[A variant of Flap. Cf. also Flype, v.2, n.2]

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"Flaip n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 18 Jun 2019 <>



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