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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II).

BOOL, Boull, v.1 To deliver a bowl. Gen.Sc.Ayr.4 1928:
“It's your turn to bool.”

Hence vbl.n. boullin', boolin', gen. used attrib.Sc. 1911 S.D.D.:
Boullin' maill, charge for playing bowls on a green.
[Cf. boull maill s.v. Bool, n.1, 2.]w.Dmf. 1910 J. L. Waugh Cracks wi' Robbie Doo ix.:
And wi' that he linkit his airm thro' mine and hauled me doon the Gill to the Boolin' Green. In phr. bool my han', bool my knuckle. (See quot.)
Arg.1 1930:
Either of the above phrases, quickly shouted out, gave a player at marbles, etc., who had made a slip, another chance to play.

[From Bool, n.1]

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