Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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SHORE, n.4 Dim. shorie. A variety of the game of marbles, with two forms big shorie and little or wee shorie, in which the space in which to play the marbles was more restricted (Per., w.Lth. 1970). Lth. 1885 J. Strathesk More Bits 33:
“Marbles,” or “the bools,” was entirely a boys' game . . . “Stappie”, “The Shore”, and other varieties.
Edb. 1898 J. Baillie W. Crighton 126:
When that was done, there was a game at “big shorie,” at the bottom of the ‘ird green stairs.
Per. 1910 Scotsman (9 Sept.):
This was to prevent the advantage of shoving forward the hand, which was met by the critical call of “nae wee shorie” = “none of your little shove ons.”

[Orig. obscure.]

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