Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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LUMP, n. Sc. usages: 1. A lot, a large amount or portion. Gen.Sc. Slang or dial. in Eng. m.Sc. 1927  J. Buchan Witch Wood Prol.:
There was a muckle lump [of wood] on Windyways.
Rxb. 1927  E. C. Smith Braid Haaick 14:
Hei hes a lump o eis faither's naetir aboot um.
Abd. 1950 15 :
It took a lump o' siller to tak' ower the invetirs them leen.

Phr. a or the lump o' one's death (dead), the chief cause of or important factor in one's death (Sh., Kcb. 1961). Abd. 1768  A. Ross Helenore (S.T.S.) 39:
I'd gotten a lump o my ain dead the day; Wi' weet an' wind sae tyte into my teeth.
Sc. 1824  Blackwood's Mag. (March) 314:
He . . . yoked on the barber, and I verily believe wad hae gien him a lump o' his death.
Sh. 1897  Shetland News (4 Dec.):
A'm no gaun ta creeat da lump o' my deth staandin' furt plukkin' hay da nicht.

2. A piece or portion of land. Inv. 1795  Stat. Acc.1 VIII. 507:
Land is not let by the acre, but by the piece or lump.

3. A large shapeless stone used in dry-walling (Sh. 1961).

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"Lump n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 16 Jun 2019 <>



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