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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V).
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KARSHAB, int. Also kershawb. A cry in the game of shinty for an off-side (Fif. 1897 Edb. Ev. Dispatch (18 Nov.), karshab).Fif. 1930 per A. G. Gilchrist:
My father, a native of Kirkcaldy, told us that in his young days (he was born in 1831), if a player in a game of shinty got on the wrong side, the other player called out “Kershawb!” and hit him across the shins — the recognised penalty.

[Cf. car-sham-ye s.v. Car, adj., n.2]

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