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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V).

KRUG, n., v. Also krugg, crug. krog, croag. [krug, krog]

I. n. The uppermost curved part of an animal's back (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928)).

II. v. To crouch in taking shelter from bad weather, to huddle down (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl., 1914 Angus Gl., Sh. 1960), to shrink with fear. Also refl.Sh. 1898 “Junda” Klingrahool (1926) 20:
Da stirnin young baess staand and njoag Among da shurg, Or waander oot alang, ta croag Under da burg.
Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928):
To krog f(r)ae a shooer; to krog in under; to stand krogin (for de cauld); to krug anesell doon.
Sh. 1932 J. M. E. Saxby Trad. Lore 97:
You made him krugg (crouch with fear) = you left him with no loophole of escape.

[Norw. dial. krugg, the uppermost part of the back, a humped back, krukka, to huddle oneself together, to creep together, esp. in seeking shelter from the cold, Faer. kroka, id.]

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