Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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KILES, See quot. The usage corresponds to Kail, 6. (11), q.v.; for the form see P.L.D. § 132. Mry. 1836 J. Grant Penny Wedding 29:
The kiles was the name given to a race which was run in the following manner: when the company arrived within about two hundred yards of the house . . . a number of young men started to try who would be the first to reach it, as the winner was entitled to a kiss of the newly-married damsel.

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