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First published 1968 (SND Vol. VII).
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PYNE-PIG, n.comb. A jar or other container for small coins laid past as savings, e.g. a child's savings bank. The word seems later to have been corrupted to pint-pig (see s.v. Pint, Combs. 2.).Abd. c.1850 Mod. Sc. Poets (Edwards 1881) II. 45:
[Why] keep your Savings' pyne-pig toom O' white or yellow?

[The etym. is difficult. O.Sc. has pyne-pig, id., 1488, from Pig, n.2, 2. (4). The first element is of uncertain orig. and its relation with piner pig s.v. Penure is not clearly established.]

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