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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II).
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BRULZIE, BRUILZIE, BROOLZIE, n. Also brullie, brullye, brooly, brulie. A commotion, a noisy quarrel, an affray. Known to Lnk.3 1936. [′brul(j)i, ′brʌl(j)i]Ork.(D) 1880 Dennison Orcad. Sk. Bk. 102:
An gin he sees thee here ye'll tullye, An that wad mak a bonnie brullye.
Cai.(D) 1909 D. Houston 'E Silkie Man 8:
Here! 'ey hears a kin o' brulie.
Abd. 1787 A. Shirrefs Jamie and Bess Act III. Sc. ii. 50:
Stop gin ye're wise, what can this brullie mean! I fain wad ken your bus'ness wi' my frien'?
Abd. 1900 J. Milne Poems 15:
They're fit for a brooly, they're fit for a tooly, They're firm bigget Carls as ever you saw.
Edb. 1773 R. Fergusson Sc. Poems (1925) 39:
By this did mony wight fu' weirlike bleed In brulzies frae the dawn to set o' sun.
Ayr. 1824 A. Crawford Tales of my Grandmother 66–67:
We'll e'en gae down the glen . . . till we see an end o' this bruilzie.
Slk. 1820 Hogg Winter Ev. Tales II. 184:
They wad turn unco milk-an'-water things, an' dee away a' thegither wantin a broolzie.

[O.Sc. brulȝe, bruilȝe, a broil or turmoil (D.O.S.T.), Fr. brouiller, to disorder.]

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"Brulzie n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 20 Jun 2024 <>



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