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First published 1971 (SND Vol. VIII).
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SMOWT, n.2 Also smout, smouter. A term used in marbles, in pl. for a variety of the game in which the marble is thrown (Mry. 1921 T.S.D.C., smouts, smouter); more commonly in phr. up for smowt, used in the holes game when a player comes to the last hole for the third time (Lnk. 1927, wm.Sc., Kcb., Dmf. 1970). See quots. and Moshie, Snooks.Gsw. 1931 H. S. Robertson Curdies 85:
Up the course and back again, and then up for “smowt” — that was the game.
Gsw. 1957 Northern Scot (16 Feb.):
The object of the game was to play a sort of clock golf from one hole to the next, up, down, up, down and finally “up for smowt.”

[? Reduced form of “that's me out.”]

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