Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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TUBE, n. Add variant choob. Term of abuse for a person.Gsw. 1992  Ian Pattison More Rab C. Nesbitt Scripts 147:
NESBITT. It's me! It's yir Da! BURNEY. I know it's you, ya tube!
Edb. 1994  Irvine Welsh Acid House 165:
Come ahead then, ya fuckin weedjie cunts. Ah'm no exactly gaunny burst oot greetin cause some specky cunt's five minutes late wi ma feed now, um uh? Fucking tube.
Sc. 1995  Scotland on Sunday 9 Jul 22:
"We'll sing Que Sera Sera, that'll noise them up!".
"That's Spanish, ya tube."
em.Sc. 1997  Ian Rankin Black & Blue (1999) 32:
'Some choob was resisting,' he said. 'Had a suitcase with him. I punched a hole right through it. He didn't resist after that.'
m.Sc. 1999  Christopher Brookmyre One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night 245:
If that tube had just minded his ain fuckin' business, I'd never have ended up glassin' him, an' I wouldnae be in here.
Sc. 2000  Herald 21 Aug 1:
I got lost twice ... and was running round with the route map in my hand, looking like a tube.
Sc. 2001  Scotsman 12 Feb 18:
... in a Dr Who convention, an event certain to attract millions of dobbers who remember that appalling, cheap, nonsensical excuse for science fiction. The good news is that it's in Sydney. Tardis yourself over there, ya tubes.
Ayr. 2005  :
What are ye doin waitin here ya tube? Ah said platform ten!

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