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First published 1976 (SND Vol. X).
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WADGE, n., v. Also waage. Sc. form and usages of Eng. wedge (Sc. 1700 Acts Parl. Scot. X. 261; m.Lth. 1745 Bryan Pit Acct. Bk. MS. 62; Ork. 1747 P. Ork. A.S. XII. 48; Gsw. 1756 Burgh Rec. Gsw. (1911) 458, Arg. 1818 Stent Bk. Islay (1890) 212; Edb. 1895 J. Tweeddale Moff 142; n., m. and s.Sc. 1973). See P.L.D. §§ 27.1, 56. 76.1. [wɑdʒ]

I. n. 1. A bar (of soap).Sc. 1839 A. Ure Dict. Arts 1145:
These tablets [of soap] are again cut vertically into oblong nearly square bars, called wedges in Scotland.

2. A thick slice (of bread, cheese. etc.) (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.; Slg., Lnl., Lnk. 1973), also in Eng. dial.

II. v. To prod, nudge forcibly, like driving a wedge in.Sh. 1899 Shetland News (14 Oct.):
Shü liftid a blue paet an' waag'd in his ribs, fil he fled furt yalkin'.

[O.Sc. waage, wedge, 1535.]

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