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First published 1976 (SND Vol. X).
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BOWSH, n., v.

I. n. An errand, message ( Inv. 1975). Hence bowsh-boy, bowshie, bowshe(e)r, a message-boy. [bʌuʃ]Inv. 1920:
Can I do a bowsh for you? I'll send the bowsher up with it.

II. v. To go errands, deliver messages to a customer (Inv. 1975). [The word is peculiar to Inverness and no satisfactory etym. has been offered.]

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