Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

from 1976 supplement

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BEAKIE, n. A slang word for a policeman. Sc. 1849 A. Bell Melodies 87:
Reivers and rogues by the Beakies a-chasin' out.

[Cf. slang Eng. beak, a magistrate, and beaksman, a constable.]

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