Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
LAG, n.4, v. Also laag, laug.
I. n. ‡1. A manner of lying, the way in which a thing lies or is set, specif. of a mill-stone's adjustment to a particular kind of grain (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928)).
Sh. 1914 Angus Gl.:
A millstone is laid upon a “bere lag,” or on a “et lag”; i.e., the upper stone is raised or lowered so that the corn may be ground finer or coarser [for barley or oats].
2. A tug, a pull, esp. on an oar or in beaching a boat (Sh. a.1838 Jam. MSS. XII. 132, 1914 Angus Gl.).
‡3. A catch of fish (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928), Sh. 1960).
Sh. 1899 Shetland News (11 Feb.):
Feth we're da better o' dee, my Sibbie, or dan we'd no gotten sic laags.
4. Fig. A humour, mood, temper (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928), Sh. 1960); a state of excitement or high spirits. Of fish: inclination to bite.
Sh. 1899 Shetland News (2 Dec.):
A'm seen dee apon anidder laag at a cairdin'. Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928):
Der'r a lag upo dee; du is in a lag. Der'r nae lag on de fish. Sh. 1922 J. Inkster Mansie's Röd 9:
Daa is shürly no richt i' his upper story da night. A'm no heard him apo' siccan a laug shünner i' mi time.
2. To tug, pull, trail, drag a short distance at a time (Sh. a.1838 Jam. MSS. XII. 132, Sh. 1960), to tug at an oar (Id.), to drag a boat (up) on a beach (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928)), to carry in small amounts at a time as hay or corn (Id.).
Sh. 1897 Shetland News (6 Nov.):
My legs is at dat wi' da gjoger efter laagin' up shürely fifty paet-kissies o' tatties fae da fit o' da toon yesterday. Sh. 1922 J. Inkster Mansie's Röd 128:
He's laagin da dokkin büddie wi' his handel apon his shooder.
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