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First published 1974 (SND Vol. IX).
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STEESH, n. Also steech and dim. steeshie. The home or base in games (Ags. 1971); the line from which players throw in the ring-game of marbles, the taw. Phr. to start frae steesh(ie), to start from scratch, from the beginning (Ags. 1953). [′stiʃ(i)]Ags. 1921 A. S. Neill Carroty Broon 128:
Peter was a good shot from steech.
Ags. 1952 Forfar Dispatch (2 Oct.):
We never luit on, but we wir startin fae steeshie and kent nowt.

[Prob. a children's deformation of station.]

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"Steesh n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 5 Feb 2023 <>



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