Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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CAUSEY, n. 4. Also used of any stone in gen. (Abd. 1967). Transf., phs. by association with causey-bool in 6. (1), a playing-marble (Fif. 1975).

6. Combs. Add: causey block, = (1), used fig. as in quot. Abd. c.1880 Abd. Univ. Review (Winter 1941) 52:
Brownish buns, streaked with white, which young Aberdeen styled “causey blocks”. The name suggested their substantiality.

causey cart, a cart used in the streets of a town, specif. a scavenger's cart. Abd. 1759 Gordon's Mill Farming Club (1962) 118:
Take a farmer so bred six or eight miles into the countrie, where he must make out his rent by the plough instead of the shovel & causeycart, then he is put into a nonplus.

causey doller, = (1), a cobble-stone (Ags. 1958). See Doller.

(6) Add to defin.: having an impudent look, brazen-faced (Fif. a.1838 Jam. MSS. X. 37).

causey-mail(l), a charge or toll imposed on carts using the streets in a town. See Causeway, 3. Edb. 1711 Burgh Rec. Edb. (1967) 207:
They have been constantly in use past memory of man to exact ane certain custom by way of causey maill for each cart.
Edb. 1798 Edb. Weekly Jnl. (24 Oct.):
The following Branches of the City of Edinburgh's Common Good, to be Set . . . 1. Impost on Wine, Merk per pack, and Causey Mail.

causie stane, -steen, a cobble-stone (Ork., ne.Sc., Ags., Per. 1975), a granite sett. Gsw. 1860 J. Young Poorhouse Lays 12:
I walk upon the croonmost causie stane.

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