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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V).
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KICKMALEERIE, n. 1. A flimsy, trifling thing, esp. of an article of dress, furniture or decoration (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B., m.Lth., Rxb. 1960). Also attrib. Also in Wm. dial.Rxb. 1815 J. Ruickbie Poems 117:
Sae mony kickmaleeries In my house do not suppose.
Ags. 1875 Arbroath Guide (18 Dec.) 3:
Wi' their kickmaleerie braws, John, they mak' an unco show.

2. A fiddler. Nonce.Peb. 1817 R. Brown Lintoun Green 85:
Twa kickmaleeries loud shall play Our Bauldy's bell behind.

[Kick, n., q.v. + -maleerie, a fanciful ending as in Bummeleerie, Whigmaleerie. For the usage, cf. Gig-ma-leerie.]

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