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GOB, n.2, v.2 Common in Eng. dial.

I. n. A mass or lump, gen. of something soft (Bnff., Fif., wm.Sc., Uls. 1954); “a quantity of spittle or expectoration” (Ant. 1900 E.D.D.). Also fig. Sc. 1828 Wilson Noctes Amb. (1855) II. 68:
A father that gaed aff at a city feast wi' a gob o' green fat o' turtle half-way down his gullet.
Kcb. 1893 Crockett Stickit Minister 197:
Cleg took a “gob” of hard mud in his hand.
Uls. 1898 J. Barlow Irish Idylls iii.:
He was a dacint poor lad any way, and a rael gob o' good nature.
Ayr. 1901 “G. Douglas” Green Shutters vii.:
Swipey Broon . . . planted a gob of mud right in the middle of his brow.
Clc. 1950 Bulletin (3 Feb.):
They make bottles with moulds — above is a piece (or “gob”) of molten glass ready to fall into the moulding machine.

II. v. To spit (Sc. 1909 Colville 170; wm.Sc.1 1954).

[Mid.Eng. gob, n., O.Fr. gobe, mouthful, lump, ultimately of same orig. as Gob, n.1]

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