Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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SNICKLE, v., n. Also snickel.

I. v. To catch in a snare. Now only dial. in Eng. Dmf. 1826 A. Cunningham Paul Jones I. xi.:
I have known him damn an act of parliament and the heads that framed it, and dismiss a fellow for snickeling hares, because of five ragged brats.

II. n. A twitch for a horse (Ork. 1929 Marw.). In Eng. dial., a slip-knot, a noose.

[Orig. doubtful. Phs. an extended form of Eng. slang nick, to catch, or Sneck. n.1, v.1]

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