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BANJO, v. To hit. Also fig.wm.Sc. 1975 William McIlvanney Docherty (1985) 313:
'Ah've tae get banjoed whether Ah like it or no'.'
Gsw. 1987 Peter Mason C'mon Geeze Yer Patter! 50:
There wis a right stooshie efter he banjoed him. There was riotous behaviour after he hit him hard (on the face?).
Gsw. 1988 George MacDonald Fraser The Sheikh and the Dustbin (1989) 114:
... followed by furious threats to melt, claim, sort out, or banjo his critic ...
Gsw. 1991 James Kelman The Burn 187:
Big fucking mafioso was still all over her. Definitly out of order. I should have just walked across and let him have it, just banjoed the bastard.
Gsw. 1992 Jeff Torrington Swing Hammer Swing! (1993) 53:
'I turned into a clockroach the day,' I could've said, but didn't. Cullen's apt to banjo you for coming stuff like that.
Sc. 1998 Herald (12 Jun) 25:
The English, the two men observed to a bemused Indian waiter, were going to get banjoed in the World Cup. Cheers!
m.Sc. 1999 Christopher Brookmyre One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night 53:
Besides, David Murdoch might have banjoed him, but it had only been the once.
Sc. 2000 Sunday Herald 10 Sep 17/6:
Their capacity to hold their liquor without feeling an immediate need to banjo their neighbour is legendary.
Sc. 2002 Scotsman 10 Dec 14:
Apologies to Archbishop Keith O’Brien. We got our moderators in a muddle. He did not banjo the Moderator of the Kirk’s General Assembly with the ceremonial truncheon: ...

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"Banjo v.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 5 Feb 2023 <>



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