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First published 1968 (SND Vol. VII).
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PENTY, n., v.

I. n. 1. A light blow, buffet, fillip (Sc. 1741 A. M'Donald Galick Vocab. 105, 1808 Jam.).

2. A game at marbles.Bnff.2 1930:
Penty's a fine aal game 'at's gaan oot o' faashin.

II. v. To administer a light blow, punch lightly, tap (Sc. 1808 Jam.).Sc. 1722 Ramsay Poems (S.T.S.) III. 12:
Shall I douk the deepest sea, And coral pou for beads to thee? Penty the pope upon the nose?

[Orig. obscure.]

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