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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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GLESSER, n. Also glasser, glaisser. A glass playing marble (Rs., Crm. c.1920 per Mry.2; Bnff.2, Ags.1 1935, glasser, glesser; Bnff., Abd., Per., Wgt. 1954). Cf. Glessie, n., 2.Abd. 1904 Abd. Weekly Free Press (9 April):
A collection of lovely “glassers” numbering a score or two.
ne.Sc. 1980 James Fowler Fraser Doctor Jimmy 4-5:
The shed in the school playground had a pillar in the middle and there were two small holes made in the cement, one at each end a short distance from the end, so we played by rolling the marbles at brightly-coloured glass balls which were known as 'glessers'.
Abd. 1988 Nora Coutts in Jack Webster Another Grain of Truth (1989) 80:
Her een noo shone like glaissers
As she tried tae heist hersel

[From Gless.]

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