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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).
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GOG, n. Also gug. The tee or mark for such games as curling, quoits, pitch and toss, etc. Also gog-see, id. In pl.: the hole or circle as the mark in the game of marbles (Ayr.8 1954, gugs).Edb. 1792 in J. Kerr Hist. Curling (1890) 119:
As we mark our gog, And measure off our hog, To sport on her cold grave stone.
Peb. 1821 Ib. 202:
The number of stones to be played with at any particular time shall be determined by the whole body when the members are all standing ready for the game near by the gog-see.
Lth., Rxb. 1821 Blackwood's Mag. X. 35:
The parties stand at a little distance, and pitch the halfpenny to a mark, or gog; and he who is nearest the mark, has the envied privilege of tossing up for heads or tails.
Ayr. 1953 Ayrsh. Post (28 Aug.):
A circle about 12 in. dia. and a line about 12 ft. from it was scratched on the hard earth; within the circle was called the “gugs”.

[Origin obscure.]

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