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First published 1965 (SND Vol. VI).
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MATCH, n. Sc. usages:

1. Golf: in comb. match-play, play in which the number of holes won by each side is reckoned instead of the number of strokes required to complete the course. Now St. Eng.Fif. 1857 H. B. Farnie Golfer's Manual 86:
In Match playing every ball must be played, wherever it lies, or the hole be given up.

2. Used in conjunction with a vbl.n. attrib. = Eng. a bout or fit of, e.g. a greetin-match, a roarin match, a bout of weeping or howling. Gen.Sc.Fif. 1823 W. Tennant Card. Beaton 120:
An' whan does this burnin'-match begin? We've haen a lang tramp frae Dunfarmlin, for the very purpose.
Rxb. 1902 Trans. Hawick Arch. Soc. (1902) 11:
A list of all the parties who were bled in Upper Teviotdale by the late Walter Richardson, weaver in Shuttleha' [c.1750] . . . It contains no fewer than 357 bleeding matches.
Abd.30 1961:
That's a gey kickin match the sheltie held yestreen. He's ca'd the gig tae spails.

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"Match n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 29 Mar 2023 <>



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