Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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POOIT, n. A policeman. Ags. 1934 G. M. Martin Dundee Worthies 28:
A policeman was given various names. Among others these names were: “a Peeler”, “a Bobbie”, “a Snout”, “a Poo-it”, or “a Slop”.

[? A variant of powit, Powhead, a tadpole, from the policeman's helmet.]

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