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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).
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FECHTIE, adj. Also fechty, †fightee. Courageous, game to fight (Bnff.2, Abd.9, Ags.17, Fif.13 1945). Also used as a n., a prize-fighter. Comb.: fightee-cocks, = Fechter, 2.Bwk. 1853 G. Johnston Botany E. Borders 170:
P[lantago] Lanceolata. . . . The practice has also given to the plant the name of fightee-cocks amongst the children in Berwick and its vicinity; and in Durham cock-fighters.
Lnk. 1886 A. G. Murdoch Readings I. 128:
But “fechtie,” perceiving the humour of the situation, dropped his fists.
Ags. 1918 J. Inglis The Laird 15:
He fechts shy o' dogs an' he fechts shy o' cats, But's fechty wi' mice an' he's fechty wi' rats.

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