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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V).
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HOISERS, A term in the game of marbles.Kcb.6 c.1916:
In the game of marbles, the playing of the “taw” from the knee. When there is only one marble left in the ring, the player has the option of “hoisers” or a “yaird”; if he chooses the latter, he plays on the ground a yard away from the marble.

[From Hoise, v. + n.suff. -er, the marble being played from a higher level than the ground.]

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"Hoisers n. pl.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 18 Apr 2024 <>



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