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RUISE, v., n. Also ruse (Sc. 1710 T. Ruddiman Gl. to Douglas Aeneis) rüse (Sh. 1914 Angus Gl.), ruze, ruz (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl.), röse (Sh. 1899 J. Spence Folk-Lore 219), röze (Sh. 1916 J. Burgess Rasmie's Smaa Murr (Iktober 4)), ruize (Per. 1816 J. Duff Poems 30; Ork. 1929 Marw.), ruiss, ruice, reuse (Ork.), roos(e), rooze (Rxb. 1808 A. Scott Poems 72), rouse, rowse (Rnf. 1815 W. Finlayson Rhymes 106), erron. ross (Ayr. 1887 J. Service Dr. Duguid 106); and n.Sc. forms reese, reeze, reise (Bnff. 1903 Banffshire Jnl. (3 March) 6). Dim. forms rusie, ruzie (Sc. 1904 E.D.D.). [I., m. and s.Sc. v. rø:z, re:z, n. røs, res, n.Sc. ri:z]

I. v. To praise, to extol, esp. to bestow exaggerated praise, to flatter (I. and n.Sc., Kcb. 1968). Also with out or up. Vbl.n., ppl.adj. ruising, rousing, roozing, roosing, praising, boasting. Sc. 1721  J. Kelly Proverbs 36, 210:
A great ruser was never a good rider. . . . If it be ill, it is as ill rused.
Sc. 1728  Ramsay Poems (S.T.S.) II. 21:
With pleasing Words to guide and ruse the Fair.
Edb. 1773  Fergusson Poems (S.T.S.) II. 107:
In kittle words to gar you roose Their want o' skill.
Ayr. 1786  Burns Ded. to G. Hamilton i.:
To roose you up, an' ca' you guid.
Abd. 1787  J. Skinner Amusements (1809) 24:
There's nane that reads them far nor near But reezes Robie.
Sc. 1813  The Scotchman 8:
Things for whilk Mr Lancaster has been meikle ruist.
Sc. 1817  Scott Rob Roy xxvii.:
Let ilka ane roose the ford as they find it.
n.Sc. 1828  P. Buchan Ballads II. 70:
There fell a roosing them amang.
Ags. 1833  J. S. Sands Poet. Effusions 88:
That was a shot amang a thousand — Ye'll pardon me, I'm sure, for rusand.
Kcb. 1901  R. D. Trotter Gall. Gossip 137:
John skime't at Jean, an rooz't her gude looks.
Ork. 1904  W. T. Dennison Orcadian Sk. 13:
He wus a terrible hand for reusin a' t'ing belangan' tae the Sooth.
Rxb. 1925  E. C. Smith Mang Howes 15:
Never huivvin ti ruize Jethart high.
Cai. 1932  John o' Groat Jnl. (4 Nov.):
He wis reezin' ma twa gran' fat gauties.
Abd. 1948  Abd. Press & Jnl. (8 June):
We jist reez'd auld Dizzy and said Gladstone was a coorse hurb.

II. n. Praise, commendation, flattery (Cai., ne.Sc. 1968, reeze); boasting. Phr. to make (a) (tuim) ruise, to bestow (empty) praise or flattery. Sc. 1724  Ramsay T.-T. Misc. (1876) I. 28:
We'll mak na mair toom ruse.
Ayr. 1789  Burns Kirk's Alarm x.:
Jamy Goose, Jamy Goose, Ye ha'e made but toom roose.
Ayr. 1822  Galt Entail lvii.:
I dinna like to make a roos o' mysel.
Rnf. 1862  A. McGilvray Poems 162:
'Bout leaving the Kirk though they made a great ruse.
Kcd. 1900  Crockett Stickit Minister's Wooing 140:
Making a roose of my wife, and sticking at nothing to hide the shame of my house.
Rxb. 1925  E. C. Smith Mang Howes 9:
Monie a creestin bit wui a guid ruice o itsel.
Abd. 1959  People's Jnl. (25 July):
A bittie pigeon breistet kin' wi' sae muckle reeze.

[O.Sc. ruse, praise, a.1400, to boast, praise, c.1420, Early Mid.Eng. ros, boasting, rosen, to boast, O.N. hrós(a), (to) praise.]

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