Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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BEHOUCHIE, n. Supp.1 Add variants bahoochie, bahookie, behooky.
Add quots.: Gsw. 1985 Anna Blair Tea at Miss Cranston's 17:
Let a 1970s school-leaver have the last word on gyms.
The one I got when I was in Primary I, did me all my schooldays to Secondary IV. It must've been down to my knees when I was five and well up my bahoochie and straining at the shoulder buttons when I was fifteen.
Fif. 1985 Christopher Rush A Twelvemonth and a Day 135:
'Go and meet your maker in hell, you lemon-faced old nanny-goat!'
'Have one for the road!'
'Up your behooky!'
How we hated her.
'We're Spanish sailors!' cried Peem.
Sc. 1989 Scotsman 9 Mar 14:
The Lord Provost of Edinburgh fell
down the stairs on her bahookie;
Though she was sober
She couped right over
And now she's wearing a stookie.
Arg. 1993:
Get aff that lazy bahoochie o yours an dae somethin.
Sc. 1994 Herald 25 Oct 22:
If "grassing" has supplanted clyping in everyday argot as in a posthumous Taggart episode (October 20) which included an astonishing reference to a Glasgow "inquest" it really is a pain in the bahookie.
Abd. 1995 Sheena Blackhall Lament for the Raj 24:
His dowp, behouchie, his dock or hurdies
Are twa roon meens ower grim fur wirdies:
Gsw. 1995 Chris Dolan Poor Angels 105:
As far as she was concerned I didn't know my bahookie from my you-know-what.
wm.Sc. 1995 Alan Warner Morvern Callar 40:
I sat down on my bahookie, the sand shuddered from all the hoofs galloping, and as the ground shook ...
Sc. 1998 Scotsman 2 May :
An auction room is not a kick in the bahookie off a racecourse; though the auctioneers possess perhaps more educated accents they appear quite as raffish as any honest Joe in a check suit in the paddock.
Edb. 1998 Gordon Legge Near Neighbours (1999) 133:
To those in office — the council, the police, the local MP — she was a major pain in the bahookie; to the general public she was the sort of person who although you didn't really want to know personally, you were always keen to know about.

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