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First published 1971 (SND Vol. VIII).

SHAGGLE, v.1 Also shag(g)l, sjag(ge)l (Jak.); shuggle. [ʃɑgl]

1. To cut raggedly, as with a blunt knife, to chop up (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl., 1908 Jak. (1928), 1914 Angus Gl., Sh. 1970), to hack or dig clumsily.Sh. 1918 T. Manson Peat Comm. I. 151:
Aa at dey du is ta go til a bank an hock an shuggle an mak a mess o da moor.

2. To gnaw, bite off in a rough uneven manner (Sh. a.1838 Jam. MSS. XII. 196, 1908 Jak. (1928)).

[Cf. Faer. sjagla, Icel. sagla. = 1., deriv. of O.N. saga, to saw.]

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