Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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ITCHY-COO, n. Anything causing a tickling, specif. the prickly seeds of the dog-rose or the like put by children down one another's backs (Ags., Fif., wm.Sc. 1958). Gsw. 1957 Bulletin (25 Sept.):
The childhood game of putting “itchy-coos” down one another's back.

[A conflation of itchy with Hitchie Koo, q.v.]

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