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FULYIE, n., v. Also ful(l)zie, fulze, fuilzie, foul(z)ie. [Sc. ′ful(j)i, s.Sc. ′fʌuli]

I. n. 1. Filth, dirt, the sweepings of the street, domestic garbage; dung, excrement (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.). Also fig.Slg. 1714 Slg. Burgh Rec. (1889) 136:
Every nighbour in the Backrow remove their middins off the mercat place, streets, and doors, and keep the same clean of all filth and fulyie in time coming.
Sc. 1721 J. Kelly Proverbs 308:
The Master's Foot is the best Foulzie . . . signifying that the Care and Concern of a Man will make his business prosper.
Sth. 1736 C. D. Bentinck Dornoch (1926) 298:
A ffyne of ten pounds Scots toties quoties to be payed to the ffisk of Court Besides the Tinsell of the Muck or ffulzie.
Sc. 1786 Scots Mag. (Sept.) 460:
The drivers of those carts to summon the servants, by ringing bells, to carry their dung and fulzie to the carts when the bells ring, so as to prevent any nuisance whatsoever being laid out on the streets.
Rnf. 1802 Caldwell Papers (M.C.) I. 313:
[The tenants] shall leave the whole dung or fuilzie made on the farm . . . on the accustomed place.
Edb. 1821 W. Liddle Poems 164:
To scrub the streets and fulsie [sic] rakes! For's to walk clean but dub or sparks.
Sc. 1828 Wilson Noctes Amb. II. 71:
A' the poems I ever writ seemed trash — rubbish — fuilzie.
Bnff. 1857 Banffshire Jnl. (24 Feb.):
Town Foulzie. Dr Whyte then suggested the propriety of getting a dung cart to go through the town every day.
Cai. 1869 M. M'Lennan Peasant Life 135:
Poor silly worker in byres and fulzie!
Edb. 1897 P. H. Hunter J. Armiger's Revenge 170:
They're a' round it in a jiffy, like sea-maws to toun fulzie.

Hence combs.: (1) fulzie-can, a pail for holding refuse or slops; (2) fulzie-man, a town scavenger, a refuse-collector.(1) Per. 1835 J. Monteath Dunblane Trad. 94:
Ilk bauld supple carlin her black fulzie-can, Had ready to pour on the bluidy young man.
(2) Sc. 1826 Wilson Noctes Amb. I. 197:
A gin-shower aneuch to sicken a fulzie-man.
Ayr. 1913 J. Service Memorables 5:
What a ragged regiment o' scowrie-leukin' tinklers, fuilzie men, and gaberlunzie rascals.

2. Manure in gen.; a mixed compost of dung and earth.Sc. a.1814 J. Ramsay Scot. and Scotsmen (1888) II. 192:
The whole dung was laid upon the infield, but it being inconsiderable, much of the summer work was bestowed on making earth fuilziei.e., composts of earth made of dung or lime.

II. v. 1. tr. and intr. To defecate, to befoul (oneself); to defile, pollute.Sc. 1719 in Ramsay Poems (S.T.S.) I. 129:
And she [Fortune]'ll be fair to gar us fulzie, And cry for Quarter.
Sc.(E) 1879 P. H. Waddell Isaiah xxiii. 9:
Till fulzie the skeigh o' sic floir, an' till scorn a' the mighty on yirth.
Sc.(E) 1913 H. P. Cameron Imit. Christ iii. xxxi :
For a' flesh hed fulzied its wye, an' tharfor the grit spate cam doon upon't.

2. To spread on, to enrich, as with manure.Sc. 1723 W. McFarlane Geog. Coll. (S.H.S.) I. 311:
There is aboundance of whit marle most usefull for dunging or fulzeing the ground.

[O.Sc. fulze, fuilzie, etc., excrement, filth, from a.1400, to trample on, from c.1470, to befoul, from 1505. Origin uncertain. Prob. from O.Fr. fo(u)ler, to trample under foot (cf. Foolzie), although it should be noted that the n. appears earlier than the v. The n. form might represent the orig. Fr. pa.p. = (that which is) trodden under foot. There seems also to have been early influence from Foul.]

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