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First published 1976 (SND Vol. X).

WILLIE, n.3 Gen. in pl.: selvedges, clippings of cloth discarded by tailors and used for stuffing golf-balls. Heriot's Hospital Slang.Edb. 1859 F. W. Bedford Hist. Heriot's Hosp. 346:
His father is a tailor, and I want to stick in wi' him for willies.
Edb. 1906 C. B. Gunn G. Heriot's Hospital 85:
Selvedges of cloth, called “willies”, were obtained from tailors in the city.

[Orig. obscure.]

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