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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).


I. n. Offal, scraps of meat (n.Sc. 1808 Jam.); also used fig. = a medley, conglomeration.Sc. 1914 R. B. Cunninghame Graham Sc. Stories 152:
There must hae been an awfu' haggersnash o' tongues, bad as the Tower o' Babel, on board the Aidonia.

II. adj. Of language: tart, cutting (Ayr. 1825 Jam.); also used opprobriously of a spiteful person (Ib.).Ayr. 1821 Scots Mag. (April) 351:
I maun . . . lea' them to spaing athort their tapseltirie tantrums an' haggersnash pillgatings apo' some hairum-skairum rattle-skull.

[Hagger, n.1 + Snash, q.v.]

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