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First published 1968 (SND Vol. VII). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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PUGGLE, v. Also pagar-. To baffle, nonplus, defeat, “do for”, most freq. in ppl.adj. puggled, -t, at a standstill from exhaustion or frustration, done for, at the end of one's resources (Ayr. 1990s). Gen.Sc.Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.:
A was fair pagart; A coudna rin another fitlenth.
em.Sc. 2000 James Robertson The Fanatic 228:
'The next evenin, it was a Monday, the doctor was hame early. He was niver hame early. I had been oot at work. I was fucked, puggelt. I came in and he was staunin in the hall. He says, come in here. ... '
Sc. 2000 Sunday Herald (1 Oct) 13:
Puggled megastar Matt Damon sustained a separated rib while trying to work up his swing for The Legend Of Bagger Vance. The boyish star took five-hour lessons for six weeks to get into shape for the golfing role.

[The word is of recent slang orig., corresponding in form to Eng. army slang puggled, very drunk, said to be from Hindustani pagal, mad, furious, but it may be simply a euphemistic alteration of slang buggered, with sim. meanings, and poss. influenced by Pauchle, puzzled, and the like.]

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