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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II). Includes material from the 1976 supplement.
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CHAPPING STICK, CHAPPIN' —, n.comb. “Any instrument which one uses for striking with” (Sc. 1808 Jam.). Known to Ork.1, Bnff.2, Abd.9, Ags.2, Fif.10, Lnk.3 1939. Also specif. a wooden masher for potatoes, green vegetables, etc. Also chappin tree, id. (Ork.1, Ork. 1975).Sc. 1721 J. Kelly Proverbs 104:
Fools should not have chapping Sticks. — Spoken when we take a Stick from a Child, or when others are doing Harm with what they have taken up.
Mearns c.1879 Mearns Proverbs in Montrose Standard (1 March 1929):
Fules shudna hae chappin' sticks nor wivers guns.
Per. 1932 Our Meigle Book 114: 
The furniture was of a substantial variety, made in white wood by the local joiner, as was also the bake-board, rolling-pin, and "chappin'" stick.

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Chapping Stick n. comb.

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