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First published 1974 (SND Vol. IX).
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TARRAGAT, v. To question strictly and persistently (Sc. 1825 Jam.); to tease, torment with questions (Per. 1972); to pester (Sh., Fif. 1972). Pa.p. tarragat, -it. Hence tarragatan, tarragation, a strict cross-examination (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 190).Fif. 1864 W. D. Latto T. Bodkin iii., v.:
He started the tarragation anent baptism. . . . We were tarragat on the subject a' roond.
Ags. 1894 J. B. Salmond My Man Sandy (1899) v.:
He tarragats the wife most unmercifu'.
em.Sc. (a) 1896 Scots Mag. (Aug.) 220:
I'm fair tarragit wi' 'im. I'm jist tellin' ye plenly.

[Aphæretic form of Eng. interrogate.]

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