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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V).
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HEELY-MA-LEE, adj.phr. Of footwear: down at heel, in a badly-worn or dilapidated condition.Abd. 1922 G. P. Dunbar Doric 54:
Aft croonin' a sang As he skushelt alang In his bauchelt aul' sheen, geylies heely-malee.

[A reduplic. formation based on heel. For similar forms cf. note to Heeligo-leerie.]

Heely-ma-lee adj. phr.

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