Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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FUSSLE, v.2, n.2

I. v. To beat sharply, to cuff (Bnff. 1866 D. Bnff. 56). Also with up. Ib.:
Fussle up the ill-getit slype.
Abd.27 1953, obsol.:
I'll fussle your lugs til you.

II. n. A sharp blow, a hard smack (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 56; Bnff., Abd. 1953). Abd. 1851 W. Anderson Rhymes p. vii.:
To have remonstrated would only have obtained for the malcontent “a fussle i' the chafts.”

[Orig. phs. mainly imit. or an extended meaning of Fussle, v.1, n.1, sc. to deliver a whistling blow.]

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