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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V). Includes material from the 1976 supplement.
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JUMPER, n. Sc. usages:

1. One of the long wooden arms of a fulling-mill which rise and fall in beating the cloth.Bnff. 1880 J. F. S. Gordon Chron. Keith 68:
Meddling with the sluices and setting all the “jumpers” agoing.

2. The large marble aimed at in the game of Ringie (Fif. 1959).

3. A type of stake-net in which the leader, q.v., is not held down by stakes, but can rise with the tide (Bnff. 1964).

4. A dolphin. Also in abbrev. form jum (Inv. 1911 Buchan Observer (10 April 1962) 7). Cf. lowper-dog s.v. Lowp, n., v. B. 1. Deriv. (e). Inv.1911Buchan Observer (10 April 1962) 7: 
Jumpers hes a flat tail. An' it's wi' the tail they hit the water when they jump.

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