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First published 1965 (SND Vol. VI).

MISGUGGLE, v., n. Also mish-; -goggle, -google, -gaggle; -grugle.

I. v. To spoil by rough or careless handling, to rumple or crumple (Sc. 1808 Jam.; Bnff., Fif. 1963); to hack, slash, carve.Abd. 1754 R. Forbes Journal 29:
She bad me had aff my hands, far I misgrugled a' her apron.
Mry. 1810 J. Cock Simple Strains 90:
Misgrugl'd now, an' torn to thrums.
Sc. 1818 Scott H. Midlothian viii., xvii.:
Overturning and mishguggling the government and discipline of the kirk. . . . Her throat's sair misguggled and mashackered though.
Sc. 1819 J. Rennie St. Patrick III. xi.:
Deil! an it wadna be a gude turn tae drouk their lugs in a sowp o't, gin it war'na for misgruglin' the drap gude drink.
Rxb. 1825 Jam.:
He's fairly misgogglit that job.
Fif. 1864 W. D. Latto T. Bodkin xi.:
Neist mornin' I misgoogled Patie's corduroy slacks, by cuttin' the legs o' them a hand-breed ower short.
Abd. 1875 G. Macdonald Malcolm I. xiv.:
But what fowk taks in han', fowk sud put oot o' han' in a proper mainner, and no misguggle't a'thegither like yon.
Sc. 1931 J. Bridie The Anatomist ii. i.:
I'll misguggle your thrapple. I'll mashackerel ye to rights.
Sc. 1935 W. Soutar Poems in Sc. 28:
Man, wha o' us, on lookin' back, Sees ocht misgoggl'd, or wud tak Ill-will at oniebody's flyte?

II. n. Disturbance, disorder, discord.Lnk. 1922 T. S. Cairncross Scot at Hame 20:
A' gangs sae weel; there's nae misgaggle; We neither flyte nor fecht nor haggle.

[mis- + Guggle, to soil, dirty, Gruggle, to disorder, rumple.]

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