Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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CLEEK, v.1 Add to 1.: Hence cleeker-in, one who collects news, etc., for a paper, a reporter. Abd. c.1833 Sc. N. & Q. (Ser. 2) III. 55:
Ramsay became “cleeker-in” to the “Shaver”, of which he was for a short time editor.

Add to 8. Phrases: to cleek one's hoch, to lift one's leg, to start on a journey. Cf. to tak one's fit in one's han s.v. Fit. Rnf. 1813 G. MacIndoe Wandering Muse 214:
Cleeck your hoch, we'll owre the loch, While watchfu' warlins downa scar ye.

9. With up: to take (a person) up sharply or take offence easily at (someone) for what he has said. Rxb. 1875 N. Elliott Nellie Macpherson 68:
‘I didna mean that ava, Miss Dora,’ replied Kirsty, bristling up: ‘ye click a bodie up sae sharp.’

10. To clasp (one's hands) tightly or nervously. Sc. 1834 G. R. Gleig Allan Breck II. iv.:
Ye needna cleek your hands that gate, and look as if ye couldna help it.

11. To strike (a golf-ball) with a cleek, so as to make it leap over an obstacle. Sc. 1891 J. G. McPherson Golf & Golfers 76:
The play was to cleek it over the ditch and the undulation into the slight hollow.

12. To knit with a hook, to crochet. Esp. in ppl.adj. cleekit, crocheted (Ork. 1975). Bnff. 1959 People's Jnl. (21 Nov.) 5:
The cleekit rug needs backin' yet.
Dmf. 1959 Sc. Home & Country (March) 84:
My father had a pair of cleekit gloves. They were made all with a small flat bone hook not much larger than a man's thumb.

13. To produce, bring out, prob. with reference to 1. (7). Lnk. 1808 W. Watson Misc. Poetry 27, 37:
My Muse hame to her native lan' Maun cleek a crune . . . I took time a-wee yestreen To cleek ye this narration.

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