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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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LAGAMACHIE, n. Also legam(m)achie, -y; logamochy; lang-; li(n)g-, lam- (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 100), -mashy; leinglhamachie (Abd. 1935 Sc. N. & Q. (Feb.) 24). A long-winded rambling story or discourse, a harangue, rigmarole (ne.Sc. 1960). Cf. also Lamgabblich, Lamgammerie. [lə′gɑmɑçi, ləŋ-′, ləm-′]Abd. 1826 Aberdeen Censor 94:
That lawyer chiel, anent me there, has set aff a lang lamgamashy aboot my unfitness to manage my domestic concerns.
Abd. 1888 Bon-Accord (22 Dec.) 5:
An' if it comes tae gien you a legammachie upo' airt in Aiberdeen I'm yer man.
Abd. 1929 Abd. Univ. Rev. (March) 132:
Speakin' tae me aboot Lewie Gordon an' this lang lagamachie aboot salamanders and a' the lave o't.
Abd. 1957 Bon-Accord (18 April) 8:
Jock interruptit the legamachie.
Abd. 1995 Flora Garry Collected Poems 18:
Yet aa the joys by Man e'er pree'd
Yer tongue can tell; na, ye've nae need
To spiel a lang langamachie.

[ne.Sc. form of Eng. logomachy, Gr. λογομαχια, a battle of words, some variants being influenced by Lang.]

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