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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III). Includes material from the 1976 and 2005 supplements.

DISH, n. Sc. usages.

1. A certain quantity of butter.Sc. c.1830 Old Weights in Scotsman (31 May 1935) 15:
While some districts bought and sold butter by the pound or half or quarter pound, in others you purchased a pint, a dish or a roll of butter.

2. Phrs.: (1) a dish o' want, no food at all (Cai.7, Bnff.2, Abd.2 1940); cf. dish o' whammlin s.v. Whammlin; (2) to see (someone) by the hens' dish (troch), to escort (someone) part of the way home (Abd.2, Abd.27 (-troch), Kcb.9 1940).(1) Mry. 1889 T. L. Mason Rafford 17:
If ye didna tak' fat ye got, ye had to tak' fat ye took in wi' ye, or chew a dish o' want for a chinge.
Mry. c.1920 D. M. Campbell W.-L.:
Should there be complaints about the dinner, the good lady of the house threatens to give the complainers a “dish o' want some day.”
Abd. 1904 Abd. Wkly. Free Press (20 Feb.):
Gin they widna tak' their pottich they sid get a dish o' want for a change.
(2) Abd. 1923 J. Wight in Swatches 59:
Wyte or Aw get ma feet in o' ma sheen, an Aw'se see ye by the hens' dish!

3. Combs.: (1) dish-board, a plate-rack. Cf. Veshell, 1. (2); †(2) dish-brow'd, flat-browed: (3) dish-cart, a crockery hawker's two-wheeled float (Kcb.10 1940); (4) dish-cloot. -clout, a dish-cloth. Gen.Sc. Now only arch. or dial. in Eng. Also fig. of something contemptible; (5) dish-faced, having a round flat face (Sc. 1825 Jam.2; Kcb.10 1940); also in n.Eng. dial.; ‡(6) dishman, one who hawks crockery (Sc. 1825 Jam.2; Cai.10 1930; Abd., Per., Gall. 1914 (per Abd.27)); (7) dish-nap, “the vessel dishes are washed in” (Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 173); (8) dish-washins, dish-water (Sh., Ork. 1975).(1) Rnf. 1748 Crawfurd MSS. (N.L.S.) X. 39:
A dishboard, dishes, plates, cogs.
(2) Edb. 1720 A. Pennecuik Helicon 78:
Red Hair'd, dish-Brow'd, Bladder Lipped, meikle Mow'd.
(4) Sc. 1721 J. Kelly Proverbs 256:
Many a time have I gotten a wipe with a Towel; but never a Daub with a Dish Clout before. Spoken by saucy Girls, when one jeers them with an unworthy Sweetheart.
Sc. 1821 Scott Kenilworth (1822) ix.:
Breakfast shall be on the board in the wringing of a dishclout [i.e. immediately].
Sc. 1822 Scott F. Nigel xiv.:
You are going . . . to the devil with a dishclout, for you are laughed at by them that lead you into these disordered bye-paths.
Ayr. 1990s:
A'm lik a washt oot dishcloot
Slk. 1824 Hogg Confessions 302:
Gin ever he observes a proud professor . . . that reards and prays till the very howlets learn his preambles, that's the man Auld Simmie fixes on to mak a dishclout o'.
(6) Ayr. 1887 J. Service Dr Duguid 162:
This is no' fair to Micky Droozles, the dishman, ava' — . . . and I dung doon a dizzen or twa of her plaistered bowls and plates.
(7) Gall. 1901 Gallovidian III. 72:
She gat haud o' the dishnap an' startit tae wesh up the supper things.
(8) Sc. 1829 Scotch Haggis 179:
I wat naebody that e'er pree't the gude peat-reek would hae leuket at sic dish-washings.
Lth. 1857 Misty Morning 269:
Tibby wad clash a basen o' dish-washin's in my face.

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