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First published 1971 (SND Vol. VIII).
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SCURR, v., n. Also scur and deriv. scurry. [skʌr]

I. v. 1. To slither, slide, skate, skid (Abd. 1911 Abd. Weekly Jnl. (20 Jan.); Bnff., Abd. 1969).Abd. 1919 R. L. Cassie Byth Ballads 11:
The loons can scur as fest's a train, For slidder it dings a'!
Abd. 1929 J. Milne Dreams o' Buchan 24:
Dull care gyangs scurrin' furth the toon, An' hirples ower the knowe.
Abd.1 1940:
The bairns were a' scurrin' on the miller's dam.
Kcd. 1956 Mearns Leader (18 May) 6:
Fit wye did ye manage tae scurr alang the road on yer niz?

2. To touch lightly, graze, scrape (Abd. 1969); to make a mark on soft ground with one's foot in slipping (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B., scurr(y)).

II. n. The mark made on the ground by the foot, a wheel, etc. when slithering or skidding, a skid-mark (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B., scurry; Abd. 1969).

[Onomat. variant of Skirr, with phs. some influence from Scour, v.3]

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