Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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HENKS, v. Also haenks; hengs, hings, hinks (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928), Sh. 1957). With up: to raise into a better or more comfortable position; to draw or hitch up. Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928):
To hengs op a burden (a kessi) on ane's back, to push a burden (basket) higher up on the back in order to make it rest better.
Sh. 1898 Shetland News (4 June):
β€œNa, lamb.” I answer'd, as I haenksd up me breeks β€” dis laskit strops is a curse.

[Of doubtful orig. Poss. a conflation of several words with sim. forms or meanings, as Eng. hitch, Hank, Hing and the various Scand. words referred to in note to Himst. Cf. also Hunk, n.2, Hunks.]

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