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KEELICK, n., v. Also keelock, -ak; keelup, keilup, -op, kellop.

I. n. 1. A blow, stroke (Ags. 1808 Jam.; Abd., Kcd. (keelup), Ags., Fif. 1959). Per. 1902  E.D.D.:
I'll gie ye a keelup on the side o' the head.

2. Fig. Anger, trouble, vexation (Ags. 1808 Jam.).

II. v. Only in vbl.n. keelakin, a thud, a hard blow (Abd. 1959), also written as keerikin, id., a heavy fall (Fif. 1825 Jam.; Abd. 1959); a sharp flick on the side of the face with thumb and forefinger (Mry.2 c.1880). Abd. 1886  Northern Figaro (27 Nov.) 10:
Gi'en that loon sic a keelikin' as garred him tak' till's bed for near a week.
Abd. 1926  Abd. Univ. Review (July) 221:
Gin ye had fa'n o' them, ye micht a' gotten a bonnie keelakin.

[Orig. somewhat doubtful. The various forms may be alterations, with derivatives, of keel-up s.v. Keel, n.2, 4. with the basic notion of (a blow which causes) a heavy fall on one's back.]

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