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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V).
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HIP, n.1 Sc. usages:

1. A curving projection on the lower slopes of a hill side (Sc. 1825 Jam.; Kcb. 1957).Sc. 1806 Scots Mag. (Sept.) 696:
Drauntin' gomrals — in a swarm, Oure the hip o' Whigray's hill.
Dmf. 1810 R. H. Cromek Remains 51:
Round the hip o' the hill comes the sweet Psalm tune.
Ags. 1890 Brechin Advertiser (15 July) 3:
The auld woods o' Balnamoon, on the sooth-wast hip o' Catherthun.

2. The part of a boat where the sides begin to taper towards stem and stern, the quarter, = Hank, n.2, 1. (Kcd. 1911). Hence hip-baak, the seat in a rowing-boat at that point, immediately in front of the helmsman, = Hank, n.2, 2. (Id.).

3. Combs. & Phrs.: (1) hip-grippit, having a feeling of discomfort or overstrain in the back and thighs through stooping (Abd.4 1929; Cai., Abd., Kcb. 1957). Cf. Hippit, id.; (2) hiplock, -loch, †hyplock, the coarse wool which grows on the hips of sheep (Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 270, -loch; Ayr.4 1928; Ork., Cai., Kcb., Dmf. 1957); also used attrib. and fig. = rough-mannered, unpolished, and as a v. = to cut the hiplocks of sheep before lambing begins (Ayr.4 1928); (3) owre hip an' haun', completely out of control, out of hand.(2) Gall. 1796 J. Lauderdale Poems 35:
My house is fu' baith butt and ben, Of hyplock hame spun gentlemen.
Dmf. 1822 A. Cunningham Tales II. 80:
He would make ye eat your own words, though every one were as ill to swallow as a pound of hiplock wool.
Dmf. 1955:
I was told that hiplocks was the wool trade term for dirty bits of wool.
(3) Ayr. 1894 A. Laing Poems 107:
As things were gaun owre hip an' haun' Wi' wrath, baith butt an' ben.

[O.Sc. has hip in sense 1. from 1490.]

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