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First published 1965 (SND Vol. VI).
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MOGS, v. Also moags. To trudge laboriously through snow (Ork. 1963). Also fig.Ork. 1880 Dennison Sketch-Bk. 127:
Paety Toral, mogsan heem At'rou' the snaw wi' hungry weem.
Sc. 1929 Weekly Scotsman (6 April) 2:
She spun me lies, did the tinkler wife, But the roads slept under the snaw, An' misery mogsed knee-deep in her een, So I couldna drive her awa'.
Ork. 1929 Marw.:
I'm fairly ootdone wi' moagsan through the snow.

[Orig. uncertain. Cf. Maggle, v., 3. and Mog, v. For -s, cf. Flinks, Frimse; gabs (Gab), Henks, etc.]

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