Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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GAD, n.2 A name given to the ball of wood or other substance used as a substitute for the regular ball in the game of shinty. Sc. 1932 J. N. Macdonald Shinty 57:
Sometimes a rounded piece of wood, a ball of twisted hair, a cork, . . . carefully fashioned into a globular shape (and later termed a “nag, not, cad, gad, cor, coit, or golley”) was substituted.

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