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STRAMP, v., n. Freq. form strample (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.).

I. v. 1. intr. To bring the foot down heavily, to stamp, tread or trample (Sc. 1787 J. Elphinston Propriety II. 14; s.Sc. 1802 J. Sibbald Chron. Sc. Poetry Gl.; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.; Ork., Rs., Inv., Lth., Bwk., Lnk., Rxb. 1971). Vbl.n. stramping, treading under foot, as in washing blankets. Sc. 1724 Ramsay Poems (S.T.S.) III. 85:
Our Trechour Peirs thaie Tyranns treit, Quha jyb them, and thair Substance eit, And on thair Honour stramp.
Rxb. 1825 R. Wilson Hist. Hawick 45:
The Baronet stramped wi' his fit.
Edb. 1828 D. M. Moir Mansie Wauch ii.:
A fat and dumpy man stramped on a favourite Newfoundland dog's tail.
e.Lth. 1876 J. Teenan Song 26:
Spit, or kick, or stramp upon oor taes.
Sh. 1892 G. Stewart Fireside Tales 243:
I hae sic a feelin' hert I widna stramp ipa da wirm.
Inv. 1905 J. Fraser Reminiscences 150:
The washing and the stramping will begin.
Sh. 1947 Sh. Folk Bk. I. 80:
Stramp fair on da Burra; Keep wide o' da Floss.

2. tr. To tread on, trample upon, crush with the foot (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.; Rxb. 1942 Zai; Sh., Cai., Inv., em.Sc., Lnk., Rxb. 1971). Agent n. stramper, one who treads or tramples (Rxb. 1825 Jam., 1923 Watson W.-B.). Edb. 1866 J. Smith Merry Bridal 7:
When at the burnie strampin' claes, Wi' coaties toshly kiltit.
Sc. 1896 P. A. Graham Red Scaur xxii.:
He rode the horse at you, as if he'd liked to strample you to death.
Rxb. 1925 E. C. Smith Mang Howes 19:
The snaw-brui's strampeet inti a caald-broon platch.
Sc. 1935 D. Rorie Lum Hat 35:
Scatter the mools owre him, An' stramp them weel in.
Edb. 1965 J. K. Annand Sing it Aince 39:
To stramp them and synd them [blankets] And hing them on the line.

3. To go about with a firm or heavy step; to stump about, to march energetically or purposefully (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.; I.Sc., Cai., em. and s.Sc. 1971); to go in gen. (Sh. 1971). Edb. 1866 in Poets and Poetry Scot. (Wilson 1884) II. 446:
Strampin' cheery through the snaw.
Sh. 1897 Shetland News (31 July):
I strampid ower to whaur Mr. McLeod was staandin'.
Sh. 1906 T. P. Ollason Spindrift 123:
I toucht I wid stramp ben ower ta dee.
Lth. 1925 C. P. Slater Marget Pow 9:
See and no' let the sweeps stramp over the new-vairnished floor with their muckle feet.
Rxb. 1961 W. Landles Penny Numbers 28:
Alane they're strampin' on where mirk grows deeper.

II. n. 1. A tread or stamp of the foot, a planting of the foot in walking; a trampling on something (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.; I.Sc., Cai., Rxb. 1971). Edb. 1828 D. M. Moir Mansie Wauch ix.:
This was a stramp on his corny toe.
Sc. 1887 Stevenson Merry Men 148:
There cam' a stramp o' feet as if men were wars'lin'.

2. A stride, a step (I.Sc. 1971). Ork. 1913 Old-Lore Misc. VI. iv. 185:
She teuk twa lang stramps an' a langer ane.
Sh. 1918 T. Manson Peat Comm. 59:
Deil stramp I geng farder as Huxter dis nicht.
Sh. 1947 New Shetlander No. 1. 9:
Whin I canna tell whaur my neest stramp mycht faa.

3. A “tramp”, a journey on foot , walk (Sh. 1971). Sh. 1836 Gentleman's Mag. II. 592:
Furteen myle o' gett wiz a braa stramp atween lychts.

[O.Sc. stramp, to tread, c.1423, to trample, 1531, strample, a.1610, a stamp of the foot, a.1578, a conflation of stamp and tramp.]

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