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First published 1976 (SND Vol. X).
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YAGGLE, v. [jɑgl]

1. To chew with difficulty, bite away laboriously at some tough morsel (Ork. 1929 Marw.; I.Sc. 1974).

2. To work in a slow bungling or laborious way, to toil and moil, to labour (I.Sc. 1974).Sh. 1924 T. Manson Peat Comm. 265:
We'll juist hae ta yaggle troo it aa as weel as we can.
Ork. 1929 Marw.:
He's been yagglan an' mendan at his ald boat.

3. To argue (Ork. 1974), poss. by confusion with Eng. haggle.

[Norw. dial., Faer. jagla, to chew or munch with difficulty, Norw., to hack, chop clumsily, poss. partly confused with Norw. dial. jakla, to work ineffectually, and Yackle.]

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