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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III).
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CORE, Coar, Cor', n. Also found in Eng. dial. Dim. coarie. [ko:r]

1. A team of curlers (Abd.9, Ags.2 1937). Used metaph. in first quot. of certain curling stones.Sc. 1890 J. Kerr Hist. of Curling i. 49:
Such, then, are the memorial stones of the giant age of curling. . . . They are indeed a “core” of matchless weight and power.
Ags. 1897 A. Reid Bards of Angus and the Mearns 403:
Anither rink is sune begun — A happy core enjoy the fun.
Ayr. 1786 Burns Tam Samson's Elegy (Cent. ed.) v.:
He was the king of a' the core, To guard, or draw, or wick a bore.

2. A party, company (often a convivial company). Gen.Sc.Abd. 1790 A. Shirrefs Poems, Invocation vi.:
Ye only wad disgrace the core, Were ye admittit.
Ags. 1932 Forfar Dispatch (2 June) 3/2:
Geyan offen the same coarie wad tak the road on Sawbath efternune.
Peb. 1805 J. Nicol Poems I. 50:
Nae rantin, dancin core wi' thee Is ever found!
Lnk. 1893 T. Stewart Among the Miners 133:
But few (ah! hoo few) noo are still tae the fore, That o'er-scampered the braes, In the aul' sunny days, Or dabblet in Avon, a wil' merry cor'.
Rxb. 1821 A. Scott Poems 122:
At last, ane o' the wooin core, Wi' amorous rap cam to the door.

3. †Phrs.: (1) in core, in concert, all together; (2) to be in core, “to be on friendly terms; as ‘They're in core wee ane anither'” (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 30).(1) Abd. 1813 D. Anderson Poems 80:
The lave in core poor Robie blam'd.

[For etym., see Chore.]

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