Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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MEALIE, n.2 A mob, a riotous assembly. Chiefly in Heriot's Hospital slang (Edb. 1859 F. W. Bedford Hist. Heriot's Hospital 343, 1898 J. Baillie Walter Crighton 285).

[A nonce form of mellay, mêlée, a confusion, a rabble.]

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