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First published 1965 (SND Vol. VI).

OAG, v. Also og (Jak.). To creep, crawl, wriggle (Sh. a.1838 Jam. MSS. XII. 157, 1914 Angus Gl., Sh. 1964); to move slowly. Also used refl.; to crawl or be infected (with vermin). [o:g]Sh. 1892 J. Burgess Rasmie's Büddie 110:
Time is oagin laek a wirm.
Sh. 1896 J. Burgess Lowra Biglan 50:
I couldna stand yun oagin troo da stroods at nicht.
Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928):
I oged me under de claes. De sheep ir ogin wi' kids or vermin.
Sh. 1949 New Shetlander No. 19. 25:
I oagid me wye oot a da bed.
Sh. 1964:
Oagin wi maids — swarming with maggots. Da destroyer wis oagin up da soond.

[Norw. dial. oka, aka, Icel. oka, to move, shift, rock, O.N. áka, to drive. Cf. Hoag.]

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