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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III). Includes material from the 1976 supplement.
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CUTTY SOO, n. comb. Also cutesoo. A variety of the game of Shinty.Abd. 1888 Sc. N. & Q. I. 200: 
The game known over Scotland as Shinty was in my youth known to the boys on the coast of Buchan as Cutesoo.
Bch. a.1897 W. Gregor in Cal. Customs (1937) I. 28:
This game goes by the name of “The Cutty Soo.” Cutty soo is also applied to the club with which the ball is driven. The ball is called “the Scuddie.” In playing the game, the ball sometimes gets into such a position that it cannot be struck. One of the players has the privilege of calling out “Hyperal.” He then lifts the ball, and standing between the two parties throws up the ball, and both sides rush forward to have the first stroke.

[From Cutty, adj., + Soo, n.1, 4.]

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