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First published 1965 (SND Vol. VI).
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NOSE, n., v. Sc. usages. See also Niz.

I. n. 1. In Combs.: (1) noseband, in fishing; a loop of stout cord joining a sinker to the main cord of a fishing-line (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl.); (2) nose-cock, a bib-cock, a faucet with a turned-down nozzle (Sc. 1952 Builder (20 June) 942); (3) nose-feast, a buffeting from a head-wind in rough weather. Cf. nizzer s.v. Niz; (4) nose-nippers, pince-nez; (5) nose-nippin, of weather: sharp, biting, frosty (Ork. 1964); ¶(6) noseskip, nasal; (7) nose-specks, ? = (4); (8) nosethirl, -tirl (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl.; Cai. 1903 E.D.D.; Sh. 1914 Angus Gl.), a nostril. Obs. except dial. in Eng. in this form from the 17th c.; (9) nose-wise, (i) having a keen sense of smell (Sc. 1808 Jam.). Obs. in Eng. from the 17th c.; (ii) conceited, opinionated. Sim. obs. in Eng. Cf. Niz, Combs.(3) Abd. 1903 E.D.D.:
Ye'll get a nose-feast to-night, for that's a snell wind.
(4) Abd. 1895 J. Davidson Ministers 26:
The chief event of the secular week was the arrival on Wednesday of the Aberdeen Journal, which he read aloud . . . in a loud monotone, nasalised by the light grip of a large pair of nose-nippers worn low.
(5) Gsw. 1889 A. G. Murdoch Sc. Readings (Ser. 2) 10:
Is it possible ye're oot in sic a nose-nippin' nicht as this?
(6) Wgt. 1804 R. Couper Poems II. 75:
Syne up he lift his voice wi' pith And sang staves thretty twa In Bothwell-brig's right noseskip twang.
(7) Per. 1835 J. Monteath Dunblane Trad. (1887) 91:
She stared Johnny through her nose-specks full in the face.
(8) Bnff. 1719 Sc. N. & Q. (July 1930) 127:
Forcibly holding to her nosethirls glasses full of Brandy.
(9) (ii) Bnff. 1787 W. Taylor Sc. Poems 174:
On the pride of a Nose-wise S[out]er.

2. As in Eng., the point or protruding end of something, specif.: the outermost end of a pier (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl., 1914 Angus Gl., Sh. 1964); in mining: a projecting angle of coal or some other mineral (Sc. 1886 J. Barrowman Mining Terms 46); the front or point of the head of a golf-club (Sc. 1887 Golfing (Chambers) 94); the part of a potato farthest from the attachment to the stem. Used sim. in Eng. of a fruit or berry.Lth. 1829 G. Robertson Recollections 324:
It has been found beneficial to select for seed that part of the potato which may be called the nose.
Sc. 1920 Bk. of School Sports 178:
Head. — The striking part of a club. Its “heel” is nearest the shaft, the other end is called its “toe” or “nose”, and the bottom the “sole.”
Fif. 1963 Scots Mag. (Nov.) 141:
A big nose o' coal come over and knocked him against the conveyors.

3. In dim. nosie: a throw in the game of knifie (see Knife, 1. and quot.) (Bnff., Ags., Per., Lnl., Ayr. 1964).Sc. 1951 Sunday Post (12 Aug.):
In “Nosie” and “Elbowie” you hold the point of the knife to your nose or elbow and jerk it so as to stick in the turf.

II. v. Of a shoemaker: to trim the point or toe of a new shoe-sole.Abd. 1906 Banffshire Jnl. (19 June) 2:
I see his apron smear'd wi' rosit, I see him shue his sole and “nose it”

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