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First published 1971 (SND Vol. VIII).
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STAGGER, v. In phr. †staggerin bob, a newly-born calf, from being still unsteady on its legs, and specif. its flesh (Rxb. 1825 Jam.). Also in Eng. dial.Sc. 1826 M. Dods Manual II. 90:
Veal stew soup made of Staggering-Bob, — that is an infant calf, whose bones are still gristle, and his flesh a jelly.

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