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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).

FRAG, n. A person or thing of value, a prize, “find,” treasure (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928), Sh.10, Ork.5 1953). Often used ironically (Ib.). Cf. Ford.Sh. 1879 Shet. Times (22 March):
Weel, weel, an' sae yon's da frag da lad is set 'is heart apon.
Sh. 1914 Angus Gl.:
Du's fun a frag.
Ork. 1931 J. Leask Peculiar People 132:
Dey seurly t'out 'e waas a frag or dey waar illfain o' 'im.

[Etym. very doubtful. ? Norw. fragt, a cargo, a load, orig. ad. Mid.Du. vracht, id.]

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