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Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).
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GOTCHEMBAG, n. “A short-bellied man like a bag stuffed full” (Kcb.4 1900).

[Gotch is prob. the same word as Eng. dial. gotch, a big-bellied earthenware pot or jug, cf. e.An. gotch-belly, a pot-belly.]

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