Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

from 1976 supplement

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BRAK, v. 3. Add variant brucken (Fif. 1859 P. Landreth Joseph Spindle (1911) 22, 25). Add: (7) of milk: to curdle, coagulate, by becoming sour or in the process of churning (Sh., ne.Sc., Kcb. 1975). Hence broken milk, curds. Inv. 1951 Folklore LXII. 326:
A large bowl of whipped milk, or “broken milk” as it was called, was placed on the table.

2. (4) Add to defin.: to commence the working of a coal-seam, to start to take out the coal (Sc. 1883 W. S. Gresley Glossary 32).

(6) (a) Add: (see quot.) and quot.: Lnk. 1842 Children in Mines Report II. 359:
The collier's business is to break out the coal [i.e. break up the large masses into pieces that can be lifted].

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