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First published 1965 (SND Vol. VI).
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OUTWICK, n., v. Also -weik. In Curling. [′utwɪk]

I. n. A shot which strikes an already-played stone on the outside at such an angle as to drive it in towards the tee. Gen.Sc.; “the outer part of the circle that is farthest from the centre of the ice” (Sc. 1833 J. Cairnie Curling 135). Cf. Inwick.Rnf. 1805 G. McIndoe Poems 56:
And mony a nice out-weik's been ta'en, Eggs broken upon mony a stane.
Ayr. 1828 J. Dunlop Curling (1883) 24:
It may be an outwick or an inwick, which is secured by striking the outside of a stone at the precise angle that will drive it in face of the winner.
Sc. 1878 Chambers' Journal (27 April):
It is one of those very difficult shots known amongst curlers as an outwick.
Sc. 1951 Scots Mag. (Jan.) 301:
The stones roar up the slide. Strange words and terms sound in the air: . . .“Try an ootwick.”

II. v., tr. and intr. To play such a shot (Sc. 1830 R. Broun Mem. Curl. Mab. 108); to strike a played stone in this manner (Gen.Sc.); also of a similar shot in carpet-bowling (sm.Sc. 1964). Also fig. Vbl.n. outwickin.Sc. 1831 Blackwood's Mag. (Dec.) 970:
Out-wicking, is to strike the outer angle of a stone, so as thereby to put it into the spot. Though a much more difficult operation, it can sometimes be practised with effect when in-wicking cannot.
Sc. 1884 J. Taylor Curling 93:
It's our ain stane, sae I carena whether ye inwick or outwick it.
Abd. 1886 Banffshire Jnl. (12 Jan.) 3:
Whiles the best 'll miss their mark, Ootwickin' on their friens.
Sc. 1890 J. Kerr Curling 416:
In the event of two or more competitors gaining the same number of shots, they shall play four shots at Outwicking.
Sc. c.1896 Royal Caled. Curling Club Annual (1897–8) clxviii.:
Alas, his wits Are wandered, and his tongue makes sport of words Outwicking from the sense.

[Out + Wick, q.v.]

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