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First published 1965 (SND Vol. VI). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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MIZZLE, v.2 Also missil. intr. Also pres.p. miesslan. To vanish, decamp, disappear, melt away, esp. of snow (Uls. 1880 Patterson Gl.; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.; Ags. 1963).Ags. 1947 Forfar Dispatch (27 March):
The licht strip ee clouty-rug's missilt.
Dundee 1991 Ellie McDonald The Gangan Fuit 34:
Nou, ye're miesslan awa wi the lave.
A rickle o banes i the nave
o Corstorphine Kirk.
Naithin biordinar.
ne.Sc. 1991 Alexander Hutchison in Tom Hubbard The New Makars 101:
Nae lowpin jauds, bit driddlan
slaw - wi skeel an skilp agley.
Mochie, moosy, mizzelt for nowt
fan aa the jaw gings by.

[In Eng. slang from 18th c., of obscure orig.]

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