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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V).
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INWICK, n., v. Also inweik, -wuck. [′ɪnwɪk]

I. n. Curling: a shot which in play strikes the inside of another stone and glances off it towards the tee, or the playing of such a shot. Gen.Sc.; “a station in curling in which a stone is placed very near the tee, after passing through a narrow port” (Sc. 1825 Jam.); “that part of the stone's circle that is nearest the centre of the tee” (Ayr. 1833 J. Cairnie Curling 135). Cf. Inring. Similarly used of carpet bowls (Dmf. 1953 Sc. Carpet Bowling Ass. Handbook 13).Lnk. 1805 G. McIndoe Poems 57:
And if ye get a right in-weik, Then down the port like a king's cutter Your stane'll slide.
Ayr. 1828 J. Dunlop Curling (1883) 24:
An inwick, which is secured by striking the outside of a stone at the precise angle that will drive it in face of the winner; or the player with his own stone may ricochet off the inside, and so obtain the result.
Sc. 1849 Chambers's Information II. 683:
The inwick is taken; his stone glides off, angles towards the tee, knocks his adversary's stone out of shot — himself remaining in the while.
Edb. 1895 J. Tweeddale Moff xvii.:
“That in-wuck?” “Yes, it'll work.” “Then risk it.”
Dmf. 1920 D. J. B. Irving Tally-Ho 55:
Juist tak' an inwick aff yer ain stane an' cuddle intae the back o' her.
Lnk. 1923 G. Rae Langsyne in Braefoot iv.:
With a perfect inwick, the stone struck the one aimed for, and, glancing from it, shot out the other opposing, and lay dead on the tee.

II. v., tr. and intr. To strike (a stone with another) in this way, to reach the tee by glancing off the inner side of another stone and knocking out that of an opponent which had been guarded. Gen. as vbl.n. inwicking, the act of making such a shot. Gen.Sc.; also in carpet bowls (Dmf., Kcb. 1955).Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 280:
This term is somewhat diffferent from inring; to inwick a stone, is to come up a port or wick, and strike the inring of a stone seen through that wick; now this is different from a common open inring — the two are often confounded with other, but they are quite different; to take an inwick, is considered by all curlers, the finest trick in the game.
Sc. 1833 J. Cairnie Curling 53:
In in-wicking, one stone is placed upon the tee, and another at an angle of forty-five at two feet distance, in a proper situation for wicking, and every stone taking the in-wick of these stones, counts.
Edb. 1844 J. Ballantine Miller 16:
All the important and scientific movements connected with guarding, inwicking, raising, and chipping the winner.
Sc. 1884 J. Taylor Curling 93:
It's our ain stane, sae I carena whether ye inwick or outwick it.

[In + Wick, q.v.]

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