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First published 1974 (SND Vol. IX).

TROLLIE-BAGS, n. comb. Also trolli-, trolly-. The intestines or entrails of persons and animals (Sc. 1825 Jam.), esp. of a sheep (Slk. Id.), freq. in phrs. tripes and trolliebags, ¶tripy-trolie; transf. an unshapely corpulent person (n.Sc., Ags., Per., Lnk. 1973).Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 400:
When he fin's a sheep fa'en aval, Her trolly-bags he can unravel.
Sc. c.1850 A Few Rare Proverbs:
Ye're a' tripes and trollybags.
Kcb.4 1900:
Nelly! Oh! Nelly! What's in your belly? Tripes and trollie-bags.
Sc. a.1943 W. Soutar Coll. Poems (1948) 94:
Wi' a belly-hive o' the tripy-trolie He wud rattle on his plate.

[Also found in Eng. in forms trollibags, -bobs, Mid.Eng. tryllybublys, of obscure orig. The Sc. form has been altered after trollie s.v. Trow, v.1 and Bag, n.3]

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