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First published 1968 (SND Vol. VII).

RAG, v.4, n.6

I. v. Of a wall: to develop cracks or bulges, to come out of alignment (Rnf. a.1850 Crawfurd MSS. (N.L.S.) R. 3). Ppl.adj. raggit, vbl.n. ragging (Ib.).Rnf. 1741 Crawfurd MSS. (N.L.S.) R. 3:
The haill barn consisting of five Bays entirelie raggit and reillit baith in timber and walls.

II. n. A twist, contortion or bulge in a wall.Edb. 1767 Session Papers, Dick v. Tennent Proof 28:
These dikes were all rags and slaps since he remembers.

[? Variant of Rack, twist, dislocation, or phs. simply an extended use of Rag, n.1]

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