Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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STAB, n.2, v.2 Sc. usages:

I. n. A prickle, thorn, piece of wood in the skin (Inv., Mry., Bnff., Per., Fif., w.Lth., Lnk., sm.Sc. 1971). Adj. stabby, prickly, jagged (Ib.); of wire: barbed (Per. 1971). s.Sc. 1872  N. & Q. (Ser. 4) IX. 476:
I hae gotten a muckle stab in my fingir.
Arg. 1966  G. C. Hay in Oxford Bk. Sc. Verse 584:
Bloom o the whin, Born frae the stabs an' still their kin.

II. v. In bootmaking: see quot. wm.Sc. 1843  Children in Trades Report (2) I. 49:
To sew together the linings and upper leathers, which is called “stabbing.”

[Extended use of Eng. stab, a punctured wound.]

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