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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).

HAGG, v. Also haig (Mry. 1825 Jam.); heague (Mry. 1813 W. Leslie Agric. Mry. 458). Of cattle: to butt with the head, to fight (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 72). [hɑg, heg]Mry. 1806 R. Jamieson Ballads I. 286:
The caure did haig, the queis low; And ilka bull hes got his cow.
Sc. 1814 Illustr. North. Antiq. 404:
If . . . you were to look through an elf-bore in wood . . . you may see the elf-bull haiging with the strongest bull in the herd.
Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 72:
She's a haggin' brute of a coo, that.

[An extended usage of Eng. dial. hag, to incite to quarrel, to tease, the same word as Hag, v.3, q.v.]

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