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SOOSH, v., n. Also sush. [suʃ]

I. v. 1. To beat, flog, punish severely (Ayr. 1825 Jam.), to deal rigorously with. Vbl.n. sooshin, a beating, a drubbing (Ib.). Abd. 1882  W. Alexander My Ain Folk 180:
He mith 'a gotten 'im weel soosh't afore the shirra.
Abd. 1918  C. Murray Sough o' War 28:
We henched an' flang, an' killed a curn, an' soosh't them front an' flank.

2. To taunt or upbraid (Ayr. 1825 Jam.). Vbl.n., sooshin(g), taunting, abusive language (Ib.). Ayr. 1821  Scots Mag. (April) 351:
I wad hae written you lang or now, gin it warna for the sooshing whilk a kintra landert maun rin the risk o'.

3. tr. and intr. To swill, splash, wash over (ne.Sc. 1971). Mry. 1887  W. Tester Poems 108:
Her phiz looks as if — tis sae clootit an scrattit, It ne'er had been soosht sin the howdie was at it.
Bnff. 1923  Banffshire Jnl. (19 June) 8:
The watter began t' soosh inower, an' weesh't awa'.

II. n. A heavy blow (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 174).

[Orig. partly onomat., but phs. associated in the speakers' minds with Eng. swish and souse with sim. meanings.]

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"Soosh v., n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 16 Jun 2019 <>



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