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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).
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FEEF, n. A whiff, puff, esp. of some unpleasant smell. Hence fieflike, malodorous.Edb. 1828 D. M. Moir Mansie Wauch (1839) xxi.:
I couldna refuse to gie them a hand down the stair wi' the coffin, which had a fieflike smell o' death and saw-dust.
Ayr. 1835 Galt in Tait's Mag. (Aug.) 539:
She gathered up courage to face the great man, by crying out, “the first feef o' the haggis is aye the bauldest.”

[Onomat. Cf. Feech, Foof. The commoner version of the proverb in 1835 quot. reads fuff.]

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