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First published 1971 (SND Vol. VIII).
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SCOUT, n.3 A game of marbles, played in three holes. [skʌut]Rxb. 1958 Trans. Hawick Arch. Soc. 21:
Another bool game was “scout” wi' the threi holes in the grund and it was here that a “spang” came inteh the game.

[Orig. unknown, poss. connected with Scowth, n., 2.]

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